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Ferguson Bayou Nature Trail

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)

Length: 4.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

     wildlife observation tower, platform, and blind; photo blind; interpretive signs

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

Driving Directions

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).


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
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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
[email protected]



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