Pointe Mouillee

Description of the Area

birder at Pointe Mouillee

On the western shores of Lake Erie, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area is one of the most respected waterfowl locations in Michigan. Consisting of 4,040 acres it is one of the largest freshwater marsh restoration projects in the world. Along with exceptional waterfowl hunting, its numerous bird species and habitat diversity make it an important birding site in the Midwest. Bald Eagles, Black Billed Plovers, Glossy Ibises, Osprey and Whimbrels are unique species that inhabit Pointe Mouillee throughout the year. Along with many recreational opportunities that are present, Pointe Mouillee also has an annual waterfowl festival in September and is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.

  • Hunters allowed 25 shells with largest permitted shot size No.1 in the managed hunt area. Open hunting areas have no special restrictions on number of shells or shot size - buckshot is not allowed
  • Managed Hunting Units include the Nelson, Long Pond, and Walpatich Units
  • Drawings for the Managed Hunting Units occur opening day AM and PM and every Sunday AM and PM, Tuesday AM only, and Thursday AM and PM thereafter through the regular waterfowl season. AM draw is at 5:30 AM and the PM draw is at 11:00 AM
  • The Vermet, Humphries, and Bad Creek Units account for 1,900 acres of waterfowl hunting without the need for a permit
  • The Bloody Run, Lautenschlager, and the Banana Dike Units are closed to all use and occupancy (this includes bird watchers, bikers and walkers) from September 1st - December 15th
  • Both deer hunting and small game hunting are allowed without area permit in the open hunting units (Vermet, Humphries, Bad Creek, Mouillee Creek, and North Huron River)
  • Furbearer trapping is allowed by permit only starting December 16th. You must get a permit from the Pte. Mouillee Headquarters in order to trap on the Game Area.

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  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Nature Trail Hiking
  • Biking
  • Jogging

Contact Information

37205 Mouillee Road, Route 2
Rockwood, MI 48173

Please note that some information may have changed since the production of this video. Please contact the local offices for up-to-date information regarding times and regulations.

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