Seney National Wildlife Refuge: 7 Mile Drive with Trumpeter Swans and Jaw-Dropping Marsh Views


Seney National Wildlife Refuge | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

The Marshland Wildlife Drive is a peaceful 7 mile drive that takes you past sparkling marshes with spectacular views and across two bridges. The drive takes about an hour if you stop several times to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. 

This drive is open May 15-October 29.  

There is a visitor's center with restrooms and information as soon as you enter the refuge. There is also a park with picnic tables and a porta john if the visitor's center is closed. These are the only restrooms in the refuge.

The road is gravel, not paved.  Horseflies can be present so you may need to keep your windows up.  


Where is Seney National Wildlife Refuge?


Address: 1606 Refuge Entrance Rd, Seney, MI

Seney National Wildlife Refuse is located on M77 in Seney, Michigan. 

This drive takes you past several pools that are incredibly scenic.

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We saw at least 30 Trumpeter Swans while enjoying the lookouts and Marshland Drive.


This was one of our favorite spots at Seney National Wildlife Refuge as you could see for miles and the ponds were so sparkly!  



For more waterfalls, things to see and do in Munising and the Pictured Rocks area, check out our Upper Peninsula Waterfalls Road Trip for an interactive map to use during your vacation and while planning your trip! 


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About the Lead Author | Sherry Trautman

    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "Travel-mi.com." A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

    In 2018, Sherry, alongside her husband Chris, embarked on a passionate endeavor with the inception of Travel-MI.com. This venture was not just a business but a full-time commitment to exploring and celebrating the diverse landscapes and communities of Michigan. Together, they tirelessly traverse the state, curating unique experiences, capturing stunning visuals, and weaving engaging narratives that showcase Michigan's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty. From her early experiences in different Michigander locales to her extensive professional background, Sherry's life and work epitomize a deep-rooted expertise in Michigan travel, making her an authoritative voice in this niche.

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