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West Sister Island Wilderness

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Area Management

The West Sister Island Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below to ensure protection of this unique area.

The West Sister Island Wilderness is closed to public visitation to protect wildlife and natural resources.

The island supports one of the largest wading bird nesting colonies within the US Great Lakes. Thousands of herons, egrets, gulls, and cormorants utilize the wilderness area.