Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in Bay County, Michigan
, consists of approximately 1,400 acres of Great Lakes coastal marsh
and associated upland habitats
along Michigan's Saginaw Bay. During the fall and spring migrations
, Nayanquing Point provides vital habitat for a variety of migratory birds, including thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds.
In 2010, Ducks Unlimited received a $192,862 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to redesign and replace a failing pump structure and restore management capabilities on this vital piece of Great Lakes wetland habitat. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Duck Hunters Association, and Ducks Unlimited pooled their resources to secure the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
With the completion of this project in fall 2011, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wetland managers can once again effectively manipulate water levels within the 298-acre East Marsh and on the adjacent 150-acre C Field, which is managed to provide high-quality public waterfowl hunting opportunities.
The new pump structure will also allow wetland managers to enhance habitat conditions to benefit a multitude of other wetland-dependent species for many years to come.