Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Snowy Owls migrate. Photo Courtesy of Ken Mettie Jr.
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Whitefish Point Signage
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Piping Plover are an endangered species; Photo Courtesy of Vince Cavalieri
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Northern Saw-whet Owl at WPBO; Photo Courtesy of Jason St. Pierre
  • Recreational Offerings:
    • Birding
    • Hiking
  • Handicap Access
  • Fees: Free, Donations accepted
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Daily 10-4
    • Mid April – Mid October
  • Contact:

Must Do

Spring Fling! This annual event is held the last week of April where all sorts of visitors, both winged and non, unite and enjoy the beautiful area with bird walks, field trips, a banquet and much more!

With a mission to document the distribution and migration of the abundance of birds throughout the Great Lakes region, the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory exists because of the natural corridor created where the Upper Peninsula separates Lake Superior and Whitefish Bay. Nestled at the upper point of the Tahquamenon area, the observatory is 17 miles from the Curley Lewis Memorial Highway. Whether you are an experienced bird watcher or you just want to be amazed, a trip to the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory will be fun Michigan birding experience. With miles of beaches, trails, bird spotting sites and plenty to do in the Whitefish Bay region, the Observatory is a definite stop. Offering a view to overlook the point, make sure you hike Hawk Dune. No matter what season you visit, the observatory will have something to offer, but Spring and Fall migration paths bring tens of thousands of birds through, making for some of the best bird watching in Michigan. While you’re visiting, don’t forget to stop by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, located just a short walk from the Observatory.

Nearby Points of Interest

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Walking Distance
Distance: .5 miles
Travel Time: 2 Minutes

Tahquamenon Rivermouth Unit
Directions
Distance: 17 miles
Travel Time: 36 Minutes

Curley Lewis Highway
Directions
Distance: 22 miles
Travel Time: 45 Minutes