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Sene, Michigan – The lovable wonderland of Upper Michigan known as a focal point for shared hurricanes this season will offer less traveled trails and ways to see wildlife such as gray wolves, trumpet pelicans, and eagles.

The famous swampy wildlife trail and hunting loop at Sene National Wildlife Refuge will be closed for the 2022 season for numerous construction and conservation projects. Officials said visitors are invited to explore other entry points to the more than 95,000-acre wildlife refuge known as the summer home of the two oldest known places in the world.

The Federal Refuge in the Upper East Peninsula has received funding to complete four large projects, including a new joint visitor building and headquarters; repairs of bridges and water control structures in the swampy wildlife path and fishing ring; Demonstrate pool site rehabilitation and improvements; And improvements to the Pine Ridge natural course.

The normal main entrance will eventually be closed, so officials are redirecting visitors to more northern or southern entrances. The refuge has also established a temporary visitor center on Manistique River Road, about six miles south of the regular main entrance, in what usually serves as a hideout for seasonal staff.

Many of the most popular pools will remain inaccessible throughout this season, and possibly next year as well.

“It would be an interesting opportunity, especially for those people who visit regularly because a lot of people really only think about the pools being where the shelter is about. And that’s not all the shelter is about. That’s part of the shelter,” said Jane Wyckoff, of Services shelter visitors.

The refuge also includes pine forests, swamps, swamps, rivers, and northern hardwoods. The land is home to black bears, red foxes, cats, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, a wide variety of fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and more than 100 species of waterfowl and other migratory birds.

The Driggs River Road access area off M-28 west of Sene will offer hiking and road biking through successive early woodland, papyrus meadow and open field, as well as the possibility of fishing at the C-3 Pool.

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“There’s also the waterway—the diversion trench over there. We get beaver activity, sometimes otter activity, and sometimes you can see tracks of wolves and dirt or actual wolves often, you know, from this northern part of the shelter,” said Sarah Sekirsky, director of the refuge. “.

The Robinson Road access point off M-77 in Germfask features hiking and biking through early hardwood forests and an open field, with access to parts of the pool system.

Visitors are encouraged to check the sanctuary’s website for the latest information because while the swampy wildlife trek and fishing loop will be closed for self-guided driving tours, visitors can come to the parking lot and see at least the nearby F Pool, Siekierski said.

The sanctuary and its famous pool system were first established in 1935 as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other animals.

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