The Farr Center is located on Portage Lake in Onekama, MI. Park here to scope the wetlands and east end of Portage Lake. Mute Swans are year around residents and overwinter where a stream enters the lake directly to the south and keeps some water open. Late fall is an excellent time to see hundreds of diving ducks including Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, both Scaup species, Bufflehead, American Goldeneye, all three Mergansers, American Wigeon, Gadwall and Green-winged Teal along with usually up to 2,000 American Coots.
In addition to the Mute Swans, migrating Tundra Swans and a few Trumpeter Swans are present in late October through late November. Bald Eagles often sit in the large Cottonwood trees near the point visible from the Farr Center to the south. Shorebirds are present here in low numbers, usually both Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Spotted, Least, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Dunlin and Pectoral.
Directions: The Farr Center parking lot is 12.1 miles from Orchard Beach State Park and approximately 13 miles from Manistee, MI proper. Take M-110 south for approximately one mile until you reach US-31. Turn left to go north on Us-31 for 3.5 miles until you reach the junction of M-22. Turn left on M-22 and travel approximately eight miles until you reach the village of Onekama. Just past 4th St., the Farr Center and public library will be on your left.