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Portage Marsh State Wildlife Area

Hours of Operation

Open at no charge to the public.

Open waterfowl hunting at this location during the regular season. No daily draws.

Description of the area

Portage Marsh State Wildlife Management Area comprises 280 acres in Delta County. On the shores of Lake Michigan, Portage Marsh is an important coastal wetland. Near downtown Escanaba, Portage Marsh includes a long narrow peninsula that provides a protected area for wetland wildlife including ducks, mergansers, herons, gulls and more. A hiking trail runs along the peninsula for hikers, hunters and birdwatchers.

PDF map of area


  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Nature Trail Hiking
  • Hunting and Trapping