Van Riper State Park – 4,000 acres Peshekee Grade Road – 15 linear miles
Tracy Creek Road – 16 linear miles
Tahquamenon Falls State Park – 38,000 acres
Seney National Wildlife Refuge – 94,000 acres Marshland Drive – seven linear miles
Michigan dnr > wildlife viewing guide > upper peninsula > moose country 17 Moose Country Upper Peninsula wildlife viewing | directions and facility information moose The moose is the largest member of the deer famil -adult males range in size from seven feet tall and weighing 3/4 ton, to seven feet tall, weighing 1300 lbs. Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR Many people do not realize that part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to a free-ranging moose herd. Although it is difficult to predict where moose might be seen on any given day, there are three areas where visitors would do well to begin their quest. The center of the moose country in the western U.P. is Van Riper State Park. In the eastern Upper Peninsula, Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Seney National Wildlife Refuge offer the best chances of seeing moose. Stop at one of the visitor centers at these public areas, or the DNR office in Marquette, to get a copy of the moose-viewing guide entitled Michigan Moose. This guide is designed to help visitors locate occupied moose habitat and has maps of the three moose viewing areas mentioned above. Some of the routes listed in the guide are on rugged seasonal roads that may become impassible any time of the year.
In 1985 and 1987, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources captured 59 moose in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. All were released in Marquette County just north of Van Riper State Park. This small herd has been growing slowly and has expanded its range in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.). A slow drive along the listed routes, or on public roads through the general area near the parks, may result in a sighting of one of these majestic North Woods creatures. Look for moose in the early morning and evening when summer temperatures are coolest.
Moose often are associated with water, so areas around beaver ponds and along the edges of lakes, streams, and swamps are good places to look. Van Riper and Tahquamenon Falls state parks have moose information centers with interpretive materials including a kiosk and a video on Michigan moose recovery efforts. Interpretive staff can provide the latest information on the local herd and recent sightings. In addition to moose, loons, eagles, black bears, deer, foxes, and even wolves may be seen in moose country. Hiking trails ramble throughout the state parks, connecting several scenic overlooks. Craig Lake State Park near Van Riper State Park offers additional hiking trails through wild country. Seney National Wildlife Refuge has a seven-mile marshland wildlife drive open to vehicles during daylight hours, plus a visitor center and gift shop.
Caution must be taken when watching moose. Moose should not be approached. They can be unpredictable and aggressive. Most dangerous are cow moose with young, or bulls during the mating season (September and October).
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Information courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources
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