When you think of Lake Erie you might
think of water, fishing, or boating, but what you might not know is
that the Lake Erie region is home to hundreds of species of birds and
boosts some of the best birdwatching in the country.
Creek State Park
Located on the scenic shore of Lake Erie, Crane
Creek State Parkoffers a vast freshwater marsh and beautiful sandy
beach for enjoyment. This state park is home to more than 300
species of birds. Herons, waterfowl, warblers, gulls and the magnificent
bald eagle make this park one of the best birdwatching areas in
the country. 13531 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449 (419) 836-7758
Marsh Wildlife Area
Visit the Sportsman's Migratory Bird Center, walk the boardwalk
trails, and climb the observation tower. Open year-round. Route
2, 17 miles west of Port Clinton 419-898-0960
Woman Creek State Nature Preserve
One of Ohio's best remaining examples
of a natural estuary where fresh water mixes with lake water;
marshlands, open water, upland forests, fields; abundance of
wildlife, including shorebirds and migratory waterfowl. Home
to the National Estuarine Research Reserve. 2514 Cleveland Rd.
( U.S. Rt. 6), Huron 419-433-4601
National Wildlife Refuge
The Ottawa NWR Complex is a major feeding, nesting,
and resting area for migrating birds. .The refuge preserves portions
of the historic Lake Erie marshes and Great Black Swamp habitats.
Ottawa NWR Complex is comprised of three refuges -- Cedar Point
NWR, Ottawa NWR and West Sister Island NWR. West Sister Island
NWR, is Ohio's only wilderness area and is located about 9 miles
offshore in Lake Erie. 1400 W. Route 2 near Oak Harbor 419-898-0014
Erie Cross Roads
Lake Erie Cross Roads has assembled some the best
Lake Erie birdwatching locations. Visit this website for directions
and the type of birds you might find there.
Swamp Bird Observatory
Website offers a 2003 Calendar of Events, field
trip information as well as how to become a member.
Division of Natural Resources