May 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

Wildlife refuge prepares to open driving tour

Spaulding Township, Mich. A 6.5-mile automobile route through Saginaw County forests, grasslands, marshes, open water pools and a river is preparing to open for the season.

The Wildlife Drive through part of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Spaulding Township opens at sunrise Monday and closes at sunset Oct. 31.

The self-guided, one-way drive, which has a speed limit of 15 mph, also includes observation platforms and parking areas.

Officials say the route offers opportunities to view waterfowl, shorebirds, herons, eagles and other wildlife.

The national refuge was established in 1953 and contains roughly 9,600 acres and 18 miles of river.

The Wildlife Drive opened in 2010.