Important Bird Areas

Flat River State Game Area & Flat River (Keene Twp.)


Large, forested state game area straddling the Flat River on its west end and extending several miles to the east.

Ornithological Summary

Supports a small breeding population of Cerulean Warblers.

Conservation Issues

A potential threat is the loss of mature deciduous canopy forest, especially in privately-owned areas.


Game Area owned by Michigan Department of Natural Resources; sections in Keene Twp. are privately-owned.


Primarily forested upland oak-hickory association and white pine/white oak, with a bottomland component along the riverbanks.

Land Use

State Game Area dominated by wildlife management and conservation. Hunting and public access is also allowed, except in Keene Twp. privatelands.