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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.

Crane 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

Magee 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

Old 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

Ottawa 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

Lake 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.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Website offers a 2003 Calendar of Events, field trip information as well as how to become a member.

ODNR- Division of Natural Resources


Additional Travel Links:

 Put in Bay Travel Guide
Kelleys Island Retreat



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