East Fork State Park–Harsha Lake Dam Boat Ramp, Retzler Road
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This spot has a huge public paved parking lot and restrooms. This hotspot is a great spot to check for any species reported from East Fork – South Beach. This area is not visible from south beach. A lot of birds end up here for feeding and roosting. Best spot to scan from is the boat ramp area itself. Please keep the area free for boaters though. The wooded areas around the parking lot can be good for passerines.
From Sandra Keller
Tips for birding East Fork State Park
From Cincinnati Audubon website
About East Fork State Park
Clermont County’s rolling hills and meandering river valleys provide a colorful backdrop for spacious East Fork State Park. Shaped by the forces of the Illinoian and Wisconsinan glaciers, the East Fork region is characterized by beautiful hill country scenery and is noted for the occurrence of remnant prairie habitats. Illinoian glacial deposits are not common in Ohio but can be observed at East Fork and the surrounding area.
East Fork’s diverse landscape includes dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This diversity lends well to an abundance of plant and animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild black cherry. The swamp forests contain silver maple, American elm, sycamore, and black gum. The meadows and remnant prairies contain big bluestem grass and purple coneflower among others.
Animals of the area include eastern plains garter snake, fence lizard, red fox, deer, raccoon, Canada geese, song sparrow, eastern meadowlark, and the barn swallow.
From East Fork State Park webpage
Restrooms are closed from late November to early May on the south side. The north side has open restrooms all season (no heat).
Handicap accessible facilities at locations identified on East Fork State Park map.