Shiawassee River

Description of the Area

Sunrise at Shiawassee River

The Shiawassee River State Game Area consists of nearly 10,000 acres of managed waterfowl habitat. It is the largest managed waterfowl hunt area the state of Michigan has to offer. With a multitude of hunting opportunities every type of waterfowl hunter will find enjoyment hunting at the Shiawassee River MWHA. Its dikes and access roads can be utilized to view an array of wildlife species that are present throughout the year. Mass concentrations of wetland obligated species are found throughout the area and provide exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

  • Hunters allowed 25 shells with largest permitted shot size BBB.
  • Daily drawings occur every day of the waterfowl season. Mornings at 5:00 a.m. and afternoons at 11:00 a.m.
  • The first two days of the season the drawing will only be open to parties of 2-4 that have a pre-established reservation.
  • Parties of 2-4 can choose from any zone to hunt. Individuals can only choose from pre-determined zones.
  • The use of spinning winged decoys is prohibited.
  • Deer hunting and furbearer trapping are allowed by permit only. Small game hunting is permitted only in Section "A" of the management area.

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

Contact Information

225 East Spruce Street
St. Charles, MI 48655

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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