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Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Located along the lower Detroit River and western shoreline of Lake Erie, this international gem's nearly 6,000 acres consist of unique habitat, including islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands extending along 48 miles of shoreline.

In 2004, the Detroit River Refuge acquired Humbug Marsh, a 410-acre unit situated in Trenton and Gibraltar, MI. The parcel represents the last mile of undeveloped shoreline along the U.S. mainland of the Detroit River and contains critical habitat for many rare fish and wildlife species.

A new Refuge Visitor Center at the Refuge Gateway is coming soon! The Visitor Center will have wildlife exhibits for the public to enjoy along with classrooms, a fireplace room overlooking the river and a nature store! Out the back doors of the visitor center will be a trail system to connect people with nature at this beautiful piece of land that has been protected for the benefit of wildlife and people.

In addition to a new Visitor Center, there will be a boat dock and fishing pier. The boat dock and fishing pier will extend 725 feet into the Detroit River to provide a free, accessible, shore-based fishing experience. There is a lot of activity on the refuge in preparation to opening the gates to the public.


Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

International Wildlife Refuge Alliance

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

International Wildlife Refuge Alliance

 

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Dept. Contacts

  • Director
    Joann Gonyea, CPRP
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Business Ops. Manager
    Tim Beaker
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Facilities Ops. Coordinator
    Nick Taurence
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Senior Citizen Coordinator
    Carol Garrison
    Phone: (734) 675-0063
  • Program Coordinator
    Hannah Wojtala
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Administrative
    Melissa Pruitt
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Administrative
    Kristy Olszewski
    Phone: (734) 675-7300