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Harsens Island at St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area

Harsens Island at St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area

810-748-9504

dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov

Hours of Operation

Open at no charge to the public.

This hunting location conducts daily drawings for free hunting zone permits throughout the open waterfowl season.

Description of the area

A short car ferry ride is required to reach Saint Clair Flats State Wildlife Area's Harsens Island, located on the historic waterfowling shores of the St. Clair Flats. This 3,355 acres of strictly managed waterfowl habitat is part of the largest freshwater delta in the United States. Mallards are the most prevalent species harvested on the managed area, but black ducks, pintail, wood ducks and Canada geese are several other species that are taken each year. It offers many different hunting opportunities for the waterfowl hunter; flooded agriculture, marsh areas, and open water to name a few. Along with the waterfowling opportunities, Harsens Island has scenic views along with many recreational activities that make it a unique area to visit.

PDF map of area

Hunting Information

  • Morning hunts: Daily 5:30 a.m. (Reserved hunt first and second weekend of duck season)
  • Afternoon hunts: Daily 11:30 a.m. (Reserved hunt first and second weekend of duck season)

Activities

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Nature trail hiking
  • Canoeing and kayaking

Week in review

Through 12/17/2023

Weather

Mild weather through the week with just a little skim ice a couple mornings.

Waterfowl abundance

Our refuge count reached its highest total of the year this week, possibly due to the lack of hunting pressure and increased pressure on neighboring Walpole Island. At over 23,000 birds, the count is roughly 80% mallards and 20% black ducks, with a scattering of pintail, shovelers and gadwall still hanging around.

Hunting conditions

The refuge is being pumped down and the hunting zones have had some water removed. Roughly ¾ of the zones will have huntable water for the late split.

Hunter numbers

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Waterfowl harvest

N/A

What to expect this week

Water levels in the refuge will continue to come down, as will the west side hunting zones. The east side zones are at lake level and will remain there. After a cold snap Monday and Tuesday, the forecast turns very mild and we likely won’t see any freezing in the next week.

Upcoming events 

Self–registration for late archery season will be available at the office starting on the 11th. We will be open for the late split on December 30th and 31st and will be conducting normal draws at 530am and 1130am both days.

Other comments 

Thank you to all our staff, partners, and hunters that make this program and area thrive. We look forward to seeing you for the late split!

Weekly waterfowl count dashboards

Weekly waterfowl counts are conducted annually, September through January. Use these interactive dashboards to view waterfowl counts across the Wetland Wonders for current and previous years. When the dashboard loads, you will have a total count of the Michigan DNR's Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHA) for which counts are provided. The pie charts will show distribution across the areas during the currently selected week (week ending date can be changed using the date selector). Select a specific managed area at the top by clicking/tapping on it to see the numbers for that area. Use the navigation at the bottom of the dashboard to view further breakdowns of area waterfowl numbers.

2023 waterfowl counts

2022 waterfowl counts

2021 waterfowl counts

2020 waterfowl counts

2019 waterfowl counts

2018 waterfowl counts

2017 waterfowl counts

2016 waterfowl counts

Table of contents

2022 annual report

General introduction

The St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area (SCFWA) is located at the southern tip of St. Clair County. The SCFWA contains the Harsens Island unit (including bottomlands and marshes associated with this island complex), the St. Johns Marsh Unit, and Dickinson Island.

The marshlands and islands within SCFWA are a river delta formation resulting from St. Clair River flow into Lake St. Clair. Located between the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers, Lake St. Clair has a total area of 430 mi2 and is a significant portion of the connecting waters between Lakes Huron and Erie. Approximately two-thirds of Lake St. Clair lies within Canadian boundaries. Waters of the Lake St. Clair / St. Clair River system are an annual ancestral migration route for thousands of ducks, geese, swans and various shore and wading birds.

SCFWA lands adjoining this river delta system provide habitat for numerous other terrestrial and aquatic species of wildlife. White-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasants, raptors, coyotes, red foxes, squirrels, rabbits, muskrats, various amphibians and reptiles, and neo-tropical migrant songbirds are some of the other wildlife species found within the SCFWA. The diverse habitat of this wetland delta system allows for suitable habitat for many different species. While SCFWA is widely known for its outstanding waterfowl hunting opportunities, other recreational opportunities exist such as upland hunting, trapping, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. SCFWA provides critical habitat for many rare, threatened, and unique species including sandhill cranes, black terns, osprey, bald eagles, king rails, eastern fox snakes, common loon, short-eared owl, snowy owl, yellow spotted turtle, and eastern bluebird. SCFWA provides an incredible amount of habitat value and recreational opportunities outside of its well-known waterfowl benefits.

Land purchase on Harsens Island (HI) began in 1950. Original development of the HI management unit began in the late 1950’s and is a continuous operation. Currently, there are 10 diked agricultural units totaling 1150 acres; two diked marsh units, each approximately 800 acres; approximately 300 acres of marsh within the management unit on the Little Muscamoot bay shore (over which there is no water level control); and 305 acres of upland area for a total size of 3,355 acres.

In 1976, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved and dedicated this 3,000-acre wetland/upland complex as the St. John’s Marsh Wildlife Area (SJMWA). It is located along the northeastern shoreline of Lake St. Clair (Anchor Bay), adjacent to Highway M-29 and four miles west of the city of Algonac.

The SJMWA has been recognized as an important ecological area, with many distinct habitat types. Upland areas support mixed stands of oak, hickory, white ash, aspen, cottonwood, and associated shrub species. Areas formerly under tillage support dense growths of old field succession-type shrubs and herbs. Areas subject to intermittent flooding have a cover of sedges, annual weeds, water tolerant grasses and lowland shrubs. A unique area of wet prairie-type vegetation exists along the southeast border of St. John’s Marsh.

Seven diked impoundments have been developed as well as a prairie pothole complex. These seven units include three flooded agriculture units, two flooded timber units, and two hemi-marsh and moist soil units. The greater un-diked portions of SJMWA are dominated by dense stands of two invasive plants, phragmites and narrow leaf cattail, with some small remnant areas of button brush and dogwood. In many areas, these stands are too dense to provide quality habitat for most wildlife species.

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Area goals and management emphasis

Management goals and directions of the St. Clair Flats are guided by several commitments and documents. These range from the statewide level down to our local master plan. These are:

  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mission statement and goals
  • Wildlife Division mission statement
  • Wildlife Division Guiding Principles and Strategies (GPS) including ‘Commitments to Change’
  • Southeast Region Operational Plan
  • St. Clair Flats Wildlife Area Master Plan

Our local master plan details the direction of these documents as they relate to us and details what tasks and goals we will achieve to meet these directives. Additionally, it spells out the sections of the GPS that focus on our managed wetland areas.

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Wildlife production and use estimates

Weather

We had very good growing and nesting conditions during spring and early summer this year, with warm temperatures and moderate rainfall. Unfortunately, rainfall dwindled through the summer until we were in drought conditions late July through September. After several years of high water levels, it was disconcerting to see ditches bone dry. Crop production suffered accordingly, as yields of corn, buckwheat, and millet all fell short of our expectations early in the year. We had a severe cold front come through the first week of duck season, finally bringing substantial rainfall as well as unseasonably cold temperatures into the low 40’s and upper 30’s at times. This quickly passed, bringing some mild weather through the rest of October before an average November and chilly December.

Water levels

Lake St. Clair water levels continue to fall back towards the long term average. Monthly water levels were 18-24” lower this year than they were in 2021 and we ended 2022 close to the long term average. This continues to be a relief for our operation as the lower water levels result in less damage to our dike infrastructure. Additionally, large portions of the Flats are shallow enough to support puddle duck use again.

Avian influenza, nesting conditions, wildlife production

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was found on the national landscape early in 2022. Unfortunately, Harsens Island was one of the first locations in Michigan to find mortality in wild birds. Over 100 dead Canada Geese were recovered in March and April and were confirmed to have been killed by HPAI. Dozens of ducks were also found, along with several tundra and mute swans. This took a toll on our local production. After the initial mass die-off, no further mortality events were found on the island, though birds tested by USDA early in the hunting season were still carrying the virus.

Apart from the effects of HPAI, the nesting season was favorable with warm, fairly dry conditions. Overall, less goslings and ducklings were seen on the area compared to previous years.

Anecdotally, deer numbers seemed down as well, though more fawns were seen than in previous years. It is likely that the falling water levels allowed deer to disperse further throughout the island and limited our observational potential. We did not conduct a late winter aerial deer count this year. One is planned for winter 2022-23.

Wildlife production on Harsens Island MWA

  • Number of breeding ducks = approximately 200
    • Number of young produced = approximately 500
  • Number of breeding geese = approximately 80
    • Number of young produced = approximately 325
  • Size of September 1st deer herd, whole island = approximately 300
  • Other game = Coyote numbers are stable. Number of red foxes on the island is increasing. Squirrel numbers in uplands increased. Pheasants are barely hanging on, with very few seen during the year. Beavers continue to spread around the island and flats.

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Significant habitat management

Cropland program

We started the growing season with very favorable conditions and were able to get all crops planted on time or ahead of schedule. We had decent precipitation early in the summer and were growing well before the rains dwindled and we slipped into drought conditions. Our buckwheat continued to grow well but yields in corn and millet fell dramatically. Thankfully, the majority of the corn’s vegetative growth had already occurred, so we had good cover conditions, despite the drought. Moisture conditions at the end of the summer were the driest I have ever seen, with some ditches dry for the first time in decades.

We again used repellant flagging around several corn fields with mixed results. Flagging helped in zones 25, 26, and the refuge end of 27, but the east end of 27 made no difference. Flagging was deployed around zones 3 and 4, but very few geese went up there this year, so it is hard to say how effective it was on geese in those zones. However, it may have helped to reduce deer damage on those zones as both zone 2 and surrounding buffer strips had more deer damage than either 3 or 4. Flagging in zone 13 seems to have prevented goose damage, but deer damage was still widespread. Zone 17 was much better than previous years; flagging seems to have eliminated goose damage there, but there were still pockets of extreme deer damage. Geese and deer severely damaged the corn in zone 18 despite flagging, however there was some positive effect as any corn outside the flagging was eaten right to the ground. The most positive example of repellant flagging was in zone 30, in which flagged corn grew to 6 feet tall or more, whereas any corn outside the flagging was browsed constantly and reached a maximum height of 3-4ft. Zones 28 and 29 were also surrounded by flagging in places, but there was little browsing pressure on these zones outside of the flagging anyways.

Overall, our corn yield was average to below average, sorghum production was average, millet production was below average, and buckwheat production was average. Goose damage remains our biggest challenge, but deer browsing continues to be a steady pressure. Sandhill crane damage was significantly reduced this year as the Avipel repellant we use is much more effective in dry conditions.

Upland habitat

We were finally able to at least mow almost all our upland plots this summer. We were able to get fall food plots into most of the fields, though a few were still challenging. Assuming water levels continue to fall, we should be able to get our upland food plot rotation back on schedule for 2023.

Marsh units

Audubon Great Lakes was awarded a state habitat grant this year to hire a contractor to cut new potholes into the east marsh by mulching narrow leaf cattail, increasing interspersion, improving access, and leaving floating debris for shorebirds and terns. Despite equipment challenges and needing to make a late switch to another contractor, approximately 20 acres of cattails were mulched, creating, or expanding, five different potholes and cleaning several channels that had grown in. A follow up cutting treatment is planned for spring 2023.

Both units were left open through the summer as the drought allowed water levels to drop considerably, below levels in 2018. Water levels were increased significantly in the east marsh late in the summer to facilitate the pothole cutting. Water levels were increased in the west marsh in September ahead of the regular season, back to close to levels seen in 2017 and 2018. Overall, the east marsh unit was 4” shallower than 2021 and the west marsh was 2-3” shallower.

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Land acquisition

No lands were acquired or divested on the St. Clair Flats Wildlife Area this year.

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Area maintenance

All our normal area maintenance goals including signage, dike maintenance, and water control structure maintenance were met this year. No water control structures were replaced this year. A new blind was built in zone 18 by St. Clair Flats Waterfowlers with support from Harsens Island Waterfowl Hunters Association.

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Equipment

No equipment purchases noted for 2022.

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Special projects

No special projects noted for 2022.

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Recreational and educational activities

We did not have any school field trips this year. We hosted two open houses during the year, one during the spring and one the week before duck season opened both of which were well attended. Additionally, we hosted a tour and meeting of Harsens Island Waterfowl Hunters at the end of August.

Use by hikers, dog-walkers and fishermen has remained steady, but kayak use of the area is declining as water levels fall. It can be difficult to navigate many of our waterways during lower water as they become choked with submergent vegetation. As other boat launches are opened and improved, use of our ramps on south channel to access Muscamoot Bay also declined.

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Trapping

Trapping effort continues to decline as fur prices crash. There were only three trappers that put any mentionable effort into trapping muskrats during the fall season. A couple of other trappers received permits to target specific species or small areas. If there is no effort to remove muskrats during the winter, we may end up with a lot of dike damage by spring. There was no known effort to trap canines on the managed area this fall. Coyote numbers on the managed area are stable, but most of the fox on the island are on private property. Mink numbers are steady and racoon numbers are down compared to previous years. Beaver continue to slowly expand and are starting to create more issues for our management, necessitating removal.

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Waterfowl banding and surveys

We focused our goose banding efforts on Harsens Island, Fort Gratiot and the Richmond area this year. We had assistance from a couple of DNR offices, including staff from Algonac State Park this year. We banded a total of 345 geese this year, hitting our local goals.

Duck banding had mixed success this year, as many more wood ducks were available to band but mallard success was limited. One of our best banding locations did not feed birds this year due to avian influenza concerns. Luckily one other site produced well, in addition to a few mallards at Harsens Island and another Macomb County location. The 165 mallards banded represents our lowest total since 2015, but 327 wood ducks are our highest wood duck total since at least 2011. We could have continued to band more birds into September, but concerns over an increase in avian influenza positive cases throughout the state caused us to cancel baiting and trapping approximately two weeks earlier than planned.

Harsens Island waterfowl banding totals
Year Mallards Wood Ducks Others Total Ducks Geese Total Birds
2017 342 310 1 BLxML 653 265 918
2018 309 226 N/A 535 293 828
2019 247 34 1 Black, 1 Hyb 283 361 644
2020 276 283 1 Pin, 1 Wig 561 0 561
2021 395 115 2 Black 512 269 781
2022 165 327 N/A 492 345 837

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Hunting season report

Introduction

The 2022 season was the 52nd year of managed hunting on Harsens Island. The waterfowl season was 60 days in length for the 26th consecutive year. There was a split season again, with two days of the general season taking place on December 31st and January 1st. The regular waterfowl season opened a week later than usual this year on October 15th and closed December 11th. The bag limit was a liberal six duck limit framework including no more than four mallards, of which up to two could be hens. The black duck daily limit remained two and pintails remained at one per day. The split season scaup daily limit continued with a midseason increase, with one allowed per day for the first 15 days, followed by two per day for the remainder of the season.

We returned to the check station this year but continued to conduct the draws over the radio broadcast system, allowing hunters to register but then wait in their vehicles for the draw if they preferred. The combination of returning inside and keeping the radio system was very popular. We continued to have pre-registered hunts during the second weekend of the season this year. There continues to be mixed reaction to the extended preregistered hunting, but most of the comments we receive continue to be supportive. Participation during the second weekend was lower this year than in the first year, but weather conditions were very mild during that weekend and participation the following week was very low too. There was more participation in left-over draws during the reserved hunts this year than last.

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Regular duck season

We were fortunate to start the season with an excellent cold front and lots of wind and rain. The first nine days of the season ended up being statistically the best hunting of the year, with an average of 285 ducks harvested per day and an average of 1.76 ducks/hunter trip. Tuesday the 18th was one of the best single days of hunting we’ve had in a long time, harvesting over 400 ducks for the day. This was followed by extremely mild weather the second week of the season, resulting in some of the slowest hunting of the year into early November. By November 5th, cooler weather and wind returned, bringing better hunting and more birds. We had our first meaningful ice on the 19th of November and were walking on the ice shortly after. Hunting participation and success dwindled to almost nothing until we thawed on the 25th. From there the rest of November and the first few days of December were pretty good. The final week of the season was our slowest hunting by far outside of those days that were completely frozen. Birds were extremely stale and we averaged only 49 ducks/day over the final week.

Our total harvest was 10,575 ducks, up 23.8% compared to the previous five-year average and up 14% compared to last year. Our total hunter trips were down 3.8% compared to 2021, but up 4.4% compared to the five year average; this is buoyed by a significant reduction in hunter trips in 2020 due to only doing one draw per day, six days a week that year. Our duck per hunter trip average was up 18% compared to the five year average, ending at an impressive 1.47 ducks/trip. This is the 4th highest duck/trip average ever and the 9th highest total harvest ever at Harsens Island.

Mallards accounted for 64.4% of the harvest this year. Notably, drakes accounted for over 66% of the mallard harvest, while normally that would be closer to 60%. They were followed by black ducks at 6.4% and green-wing teal at 5.8%. Pintail and American wigeon were not far behind at 4.8% and 4.3% respectively. These were followed closely by wood ducks (4%), gadwall (3.8%) and ringneck ducks (3.5%). Green-wing teal, pintail and ringnecks all saw significantly less harvest than in 2021, while black ducks, wood ducks and wigeon increased slightly. The largest increase in harvest was in gadwall, jumping from only 150 harvested in 2021 to 406 harvested in 2022. Goose harvest fell considerably from the high in 2021. However, 156 geese harvested for the season is still comfortably the second highest goose harvest ever.

We again kept zones 8 and 12 closed since all zones were open to 1-4 hunters. Additionally, we closed zone 95 once firearm deer season began to minimize safety concerns. Our best zone this year was zone 15, harvesting 711 ducks and an impressive 2.56 duck/trip average. Zone 29 was next closest at 611 ducks. Zones 16, 23, and 24 rounded out the top five. This is the first time in a long time that zone 25 was not in the top five for the year. Zones 22 and 30 may have been our biggest surprises of the year, harvesting 405 and 456 ducks respectively after many years of lower harvest. This slight shift northward in harvest in the 20’s is likely explained by more ducks using the 1st refuge than in recent years, and considerably less in our 3rd refuge unit than normal.

Marsh zone success fell off quite a bit compared to the last couple of years, with a total of 1,603 ducks harvested compared to 2,028 in 2021 and 1,935 in 2020. However, the duck/trip average remained high at 1.04. It is possible that as lake levels fell, more birds went out to the flats to loaf and forage, whereas in recent years water levels were prohibitively deep for puddle ducks in most areas on the flats. This is anecdotally supported by increased mallard hunting success on the flats this year compared to the last two. Harvest in the east marsh was comparable to 2021, though hunter success fell in the 40s and shifted more towards 32, 33, and 35 where there was more wild rice growth. Zone 73 was the best zone in the west marsh, topping 74 by a slim margin. Zone 74 saw the biggest reduction in hunter success compared to 2021, likely due in large part to overall lower ringneck duck numbers in the marsh.

St. John's Marsh

Both corn and buckwheat were planted at St. John’s Marsh this year. The corn crop ended up below average and buckwheat production was about average. Flooding was challenging as two separate water control structures failed during the season and need to be replaced in 2023. The highest count of the year in the managed refuges was October 10th, with approximately 600 ducks, almost entirely mallards. However, the Blue Water Isles refuge saw large numbers of ducks, primarily mallards, throughout the fall. Wood duck numbers remained low compared to the highs of 2019 and 2020.

As usual, hunting pressure at St. John’s Marsh started heavy and tapered off as the season wore on. Overall success in the managed portions of the marsh continue to be lower than usual. However, hunting activity and success in the undiked portions of the marsh was up considerably as hunters pursued the birds using the Blue Water Isles refuge. A conservation order was passed to open the refuges at SJM December 1st this year and all signs will be replaced saying such for next year.

St. John’s Marsh was included in the pheasant release program again this year, though with slightly lower release numbers. Pheasant hunting pressure was down compared to previous years, possibly due to lower numbers being released and consequently lower rates of success. We hope to expand on this this year and with the refuge now being open starting December 1 we should have more opportunities for pheasant hunting in 2023.

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Migration and waterfowl numbers

Wood ducks migrated early in August this year, with many more adult males showing up during banding efforts than is usually seen at that time. Apart from that, migration through September proceeded as normal, with refuge numbers slowly increasing until season opener. An early cold front the week of the 17th moved a lot of birds through the area, leaving refuge counts lower than expected for the rest of October and into November. The vast majority of pintail on the area moved through in the week before and week after opening day. The next major cold front started November 4th, increasing refuge numbers steadily until a peak of close to 20,000 birds in mid-November. Unfortunately, this front led to our first major ice formation November 19th, and refuge numbers were halved by the time we thawed several days later. 10,000 ducks remained in the refuge until the end of the season when we started lowering water levels. We had a hard freeze in mid-December that pushed all the ducks off the area, but approximately 6,000 returned in time for the late split.

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Hunting season results

Waterfowl species harvest totals
Species Total % of Harvest Species Total % of Harvest
Mallard 6812 64.4 Hooded merganser 33 0.3
Black duck 677 6.4 Scaup 18 0.2
Green-winged teal 609 5.8 Ruddy duck 18 0.2
Pintail 504 4.8 Bufflehead 14 0.1
Wigeon 460 4.3 Canvasback 9 0.1
Wood duck 424 4.0 Unknown Duck 5 0.00%
Gadwall 406 3.8 Mallard/black hybrind 2 0.00%
Ringneck 365 3.5 N/A N/A N/A
Shoveler 128 1.2 N/A N/A N/A
Blue-winged teal 57 0.5 Geese 156 N/A
Redhead 34 0.3 Coot 24 N/A

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January late split

We staffed and ran draws both days of the late split this year and will continue to plan to do so. This makes it easier for both our staff and hunters to plan for the weekend.

As seems to often happen, the mid-December freeze thawed and allowed about 6,000 ducks to return to and use the area. Unfortunately, most access canals and both marshes remained frozen, so access on the area was limited to foot traffic. Additionally, we had roughly an inch of rain on Friday the 30th, making the entire area muddy and challenging. Despite this, we had good hunter participation and success with a high of 21 parties Saturday morning and a total of 61 parties in the draws for the weekend. Overall, we had 167 hunter trips for the weekend, harvesting 288 ducks and 14 geese for an average of 1.72 ducks/hunter for the split.

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Volunteers and partners

This year we were able to operate much closer to ‘normal’ and our partners remain a critical part of that. Without everyone pulling together, we would not be able to operate the way we do, and we are grateful for all of our local support. The following is a list of organizations and agencies that have aided in the past year to accomplish our management goals:

  • Harsens Island Waterfowl Hunters Association - As our sharecropping partner, they provide equipment, equipment repairs and financial assistance for the cropping program.
  • St. Clair Flats Waterfowlers, Inc. - Provides us with significant financial support, volunteer hours, and hosts both the November youth duck hunt and Veteran’s Day Hunt. They have committed funds to support the replacement or repair of pump 3 and have several other area projects in development.
  • Michigan Duck Hunters Association, Blue Water Chapter - Provides financial and volunteer support.
  • Ducks Unlimited - Continue to work with us on project planning for St. John’s Marsh as well as replacement and improvement of pump three at Harsens Island.
  • MUCC District 8 - The Huron Point Conservation Club hosts the Saturday afternoon hunt during the early Federal September youth hunt. We were able to hold a draw for this hunt again this year and they held an offsite luncheon and educational day before the afternoon hunt.
  • Pheasants Forever - Habitat projects at Port Huron State Game Area resumed this year and similar mowing and planting projects are planned for St. John’s Marsh in 2023.
  • Audubon Great Lakes - The black tern monitoring program in partnership with Detroit Audubon continued this year and will continue in 2023. The east marsh mowing project was successful in 2022 and follow up treatments are planned for 2023. AGL has committed grant match to support the replacement of pump 3.

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Economic benefits

The town of Algonac and the community on Harsens Island rely on tourism dollars to drive the local economy. Many businesses thrive on the business brought in during the summer by boating and fishing enthusiasts. Instead of the economic flow slowing after the normal summer boating months end, St. Clair Flats, St. Johns Marsh and the Harsens Island Managed Hunting Unit continue to draw in a regular stream of income to the local economy. Our managed operation on the island alone usually sees 6,500-8,000 hunter trips a year, apart from the thousands of trips made by hunters on the surrounding St. Clair Flats area.

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Get out and explore Michigan's Wetland Wonders, our managed waterfowl hunt areas, this fall. Held in early October, these open houses will give you a chance to talk with local staff, tour the areas and see what each one has to offer for the upcoming waterfowl season. 

  • Harsens Island (St. Clair County) – Oct. 11.

All open houses begin at 6 p.m. at the area's headquarters.