Ferguson Bayou Nature

The trail goes past agricultural and wetland units of the refuge. Mostly along the dike top and also serves as a service road. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

photo: Morel mushrooms along Ferguson Bayou Nature Trail  (Photo by Greg Wendling) Type: Nature Trail
Length: 4.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: At Shiawassee Nat. Wildlife Refuge off Center Rd. 2 miles SW of Saginaw.
States: Michigan
Counties: Saginaw
Latitude: 43.32546   Longitude: -84.03324

M-13 to Curtis Road and travel west on Curtis Rod all the way to end. (3.5 miles to parking lot where the trail starts).

Description

The Ferguson Bayou Trail, at the west end of Curtis Road, has over 4.5 miles of trails. This National Recreation Trail follows dikes and provides views of croplands, sloughs, forest, fields, wetlands and pools. There are four observation decks- one in the parking lot and three along the trail. Two observation decks have spotting scopes, to offer you a closer look at ducks, geese, deer and other wildlife.


The refuge’s diverse habitats and land management practices result in a great variety of wildlife species occurring here. Over 270 species of migratory birds, including raptors, shore and wading birds, and more than 100 songbird species visit the refuge annually. Shiawassee NWR is designated as a United State Important Bird Area for its global significance to migratory waterfowl.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Refuge brochure and wildlife information
Website: Refuge website

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Lionel Grant
Visitor Services Manager
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
6975 Mower Rd.
Saginaw , MI 48601
(989) 759-1669
lionel_grant@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/shiawassee/

 

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