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Detroit International Wildlife Refuge

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is located at 5437 West Jefferson Avenue in Trenton, Michigan. Situated in a major metropolitan area, the refuge's location is truly unique.

In 2001, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge was established as a result of binational efforts from politicians, conservation leaders, and local communities to build a sustainable future for the Detroit River and western Lake Erie ecosystems. Because of this collaboration, international status was given to the refuge, making it the first of its kind in North America. The refuge consists of nearly 6,000 acres of unique habitat, including islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands within an authorized boundary extending along 48 miles of shoreline.

The Vistor Center is open Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM . The visitors center has interpretive displays as well as a nature store. There is also equipment for rental, such as binoculars, fishing poles with tackle boxes and an explorer pack.

The grounds are open for self-guided visitation seven days a week during daylight hours.

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