Old Woman Creek–Beach Area
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve
Grand Army of the Republic Highway
Huron, Ohio 44839
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve website
Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve webpage
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Tips for birding Old Woman Creek
Old Woman Creek Nature Preserve is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
About Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a network of 28 coastal reserves connected nationally through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address state and regional coastal management needs through research, education, and stewardship. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System uses its network of living laboratories to help understand and find solutions to crucial issues facing America’s coastal communities.
Located in Huron, Ohio on the south-central shore of Lake Erie, Old Woman Creek is one of the state’s few remaining examples of a natural estuary. As a transition zone between land and water, the site contains a variety of habitats including marshes and swamps, upland forests, open water, tributary streams, barrier beach and near-shore Lake Erie. The Reserve supports a diverse assemblage of native plants and animals representative of freshwater estuaries.
Old Woman Creek Reserve is managed as a cooperative partnership between NOAA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Old Woman Creek is also an Ohio State Nature Preserve.Old Woman Creek Visitor Center
The Reserve’s administrative offices are located in the Mike DeWine Center for Coastal Wetland Studies overlooking the estuary’s eastern shore. The Center provides laboratories for ecological research and serves as a focal point for public visitation and education programs. A comprehensive renovation completed in 2003 incorporated many green building materials and construction techniques.
From Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve website
Restrooms at the visitor center.