Ohio eBird Hotspots

Pipe Creek Wildlife Area

Tips for birding Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
Ohio Birding Day Hike: Pipe Creek Wildlife Area Trails

From Lake Erie Birding Trail website
From Ohio Ornithological Society website

Limited public access for hunting from September 1 through mid-January, open to the public rest of the year.

About Pipe Creek Wildlife Area
The Pipe Creek Wildlife Area is located within the city limits of Sandusky, behind the Big Island water treatment facility. It overlooks Sandusky Bay. The area can be reached by following US-6 to Sandusky, turn north onto Cedar Point Causeway, then east onto River Avenue; or follow OH-4 to Sandusky, turn northeast onto Monroe Street, then east onto First Street, then south onto F Street.

The 97-acre area is situated on the former Big Island Wetland Complex on the southern shore of Sandusky Bay. Most of the area is a diked marsh, with the remaining acreage comprising flat-topped dikes. The marsh areas are shallow, varying from one to three feet in depth, with the exception of channels up to eight feet in depth which were created for efficient water level control of the area.
From Pipe Creek Wildlife Area webpage

About Big Island Preserve and Canoe Launch
The Big Island Preserve and Landing is adjacent to Pipe Creek Wildlife Area on F Street in the city of Sandusky. The landing is a canoe and kayak launch site designed to provide access to the 15-mile East Sandusky Bay Water Trail.

On land, dirt paths at the Big Island Preserve lead to fishing areas along this the dikes.

This site is not easily identifiable; signage is present near the dirt path leading to the launch site. However, the parking lot at the corner of River and F streets, which serves both the landing and the Pipe Creek State Wildlife Area, only has signage recognizing the wildlife area. F Street is accessible from both River and First streets.
From Big Island Preserve and Canoe Launch (Coastal Access) webpage

No restroom facilities. There are restrooms at the nearby McDonald’s restaurant.