Manistee Marsh - Manistee River State Game Area

Goal: Local DNR Wildlife Division staff and Ducks Unlimited (DU) are partnering to complete renovations to a portion of the Manistee River State Game Area called the Manistee Marsh. Improvements will enhance the value of the lower Manistee River floodplain for waterfowl, furbearers, and other wetland wildlife species. The result will improve hunting, trapping, and non-consumptive recreational use of the area.

Phase 1: Engineering Phase

  • Currently the marsh is made up of two diked units separated by M-55. An inoperable water control structure is on the south-side unit. Water from the Manistee River, which flows through the SGA, is not able to enter the marsh at this time.
  • Considerations for future management will be based on a balance between quality of habitat and the present and future cost and personnel needed.

 

Manistee Marsh, current North Unit and observation deck

Current North Unit and observation deck
Manistee Marsh, South unit SGA sign and access road to pump station

South unit SGA sign and access road to pump station

Phase 2: Construction Phase

The construction phase involves the actual earth work. Repairs and changes to the current structures will begin during this phase.

  • Additional funds will be sought in the future to pay for the construction phase.
  • Estimated time for this project depends on the outcomes of the engineering phase, funding and partner involvement.