Allegan State Game Area gets boost for waterfowl, hunters

Working to restore 64 acres of wetlands at the 55,000-acre area

Ducks Unlimited and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered to restore 64 acres of wetlands at the 55,000-acre Allegan State Game Area. The project was funded by grants from the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Joint Venture through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the Michigan DNR.

The project removed drainage tiles, constructed berms and installed pumps and water control structures. DNR wetland managers now have the tools to manage wetlands for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, marshbirds, landbirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

The project began in 2014, and by September 2015 was shallowly flooded for the first time since being drained for logging and farming 75 years ago.

This restoration gave waterfowl and other birds energy-rich food to fuel their fall migration. It also provides outdoor recreational opportunities for hikers and wildlife watchers, and new public access for enthusiastic waterfowl hunters at the well-known Fennville Farm Unit of Allegan State Game Area.

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