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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor

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The 6704acre Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1961 to preserve habitat for migrating birds. Staff at the refuge also manage Cedar Point and West Sister Island refuges. The three refuges together now protect approximately 9000acre of habitat and some of the last remnants of the "Great Black Swamp" in the heart of the Lake Erie marshes.The Lake Erie Marsh Region has historically been important to fish, migratory waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds. Large numbers of migrating songbirds stop in the area to rest during their spring migration. This amazing wildlife spectacle attracts a large number of visitors from across the country.Ottawa Refuge has been designated as a site of regional significance in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. In 2002, Birder's World readers voted the refuge as one of their Top 15 favorite spots to see birds, and the American Bird Conservancy has identified the refuge as an Important Bird Area.
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  • We visited the weekend before Memorial Day weekend. Visitor center is open until 4. Friendly helpful staff inside. We drove the 7 mile route and saw: 2 eagles, 3 rabbits, a boat load of geese, a few s...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed meandering thru this 7 mile refuge. The roads are gravely and dusty but not in a really bad way. Lots of different habitats with a variety of wildlife, even in the middle of the ...  more »
  • The gov has spent a lot of money building the big new lodge and rerouting a road and waterway in the refuge. Adding also solar panels to the park. The myriads of bird flocks I see are many times acros...  more »
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  • Wasn't sure what to expect but the wife and I loved it. Great place for birding and other wetland wildlife. You can easily spend hours here.
  • This is a fantastic place to get out and away from it all. There are lots of trials and roads, and they have some great information on the bird migrations. Be sure to check out The Biggest Week in American Birding.
  • Driving the dikes gets you lots of birds. Staff is always friendly and helpful.
  • Beautiful drive and walking trails. Excellent education facilities.. Meeting rooms..
  • Great natural area that has been preserved for everyone to enjoy. Very nice facilities and excellent outdoor programs. Be sure to stop by, and say hi to a fellow birdwatcher if you see one!