Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge
Location within United States
Location Harbor Island
Potagannissing Bay,
Drummond Township, Chippewa County, Michigan
Coordinates 46°03′16″N 83°45′22″W / 46.05444°N 83.75611°W / 46.05444; -83.75611Coordinates: 46°03′16″N 83°45′22″W / 46.05444°N 83.75611°W / 46.05444; -83.75611
Area 695 acres (281 ha)
Established 1983
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 695-acre (281 ha) horseshoe-shaped island and National Wildlife Refuge in Potagannissing Bay north of Drummond Island in the U.S. state of Michigan. The island was acquired in 1983 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service from its previous owner, the Nature Conservancy, and set aside as a refuge.[1] It is located in Drummond Township, in Chippewa County.

Ecology and use[edit]

Potagannissing Bay is rich is freshwater fish, including lake trout and whitefish. The island itself contains balsam, paper birch, cedar, sugar maple, and red oak.[1]

There are no bridges to Harbor Island, and visitors arrive by boat. The protected harbor is a well-known anchorage for small craft. The island and refuge are staffed from the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, also in northern Michigan.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge Profile". U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 

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