Hoover Reservoir (Franklin County)

Westerville, Ohio 43081
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Also, see Hoover Reservoir and Big Walnut Important Bird Area

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Hoover Reservoir (Franklin Co.)
Coordinates: 40.1125747, -82.8816517
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Use this hotspot for checklists of bird sightings at various locations on the Hoover Reservoir in Franklin County. When possible please use more specific locations.

Hoover Reservoir–Area S
Coordinates: 40.1184893, -82.8676927
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Hoover Reservoir–Hoover Dam Boat Dock
Coordinates: 40.109424, -82.8850651
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Hoover Reservoir–Hoover Dam Park
Coordinates: 40.1072609, -82.8802003
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Hoover Reservoir–Spillway
Coordinates: 40.1069869, -82.8833538
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Hoover Reservoir–Walnut Boat Ramp
Coordinates: 40.1217476, -82.8854513
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Tips for birding Hoover Reservoir in Franklin County
During migration and winter, you should begin a visit to Hoover by checking the small inlet area and waters nearest the dam. Many species of waterfowl have been recorded in this area including rarities such as Eurasian Wigeon, all three scoters, Cackling Goose and Ross’ Goose. In the winter when the reservoir is frozen you should walk the roadway on top of the dam and check the spillway below. This area does not freeze up and numerous species will take advantage of this and provide surprises.

About Hoover Reservoir
Hoover Reservoir consists of 5,026 total acres. This is made up of 3,843 Water acres at normal water levels and 1,183 Land acres that include The Hoover Nature Preserve that is just over 925 acres. There are areas of open water, wetland swamp, wetland forest, riparian corridors, deciduous forest, pine stands, prairie remnants, and seasonal mudflats. The main roads around Hoover Reservoir are Sunbury Road, Big Walnut Road, Tussic Street, and South Old 3C Highway on the West; Sunbury Road on the North; Sunbury Road, Red Bank Road and Schott Road on the East; and Central College Road on the South. Smothers Road crosses the reservoir along the Franklin-Delaware County line.

Located along the Hoover Reservoir and Little Walnut Creek, Hoover Nature Preserve is a vital resting spot for several species. The preserve is a great place for birding enthusiasts, with over 33 different shorebirds that use the preserve during migration, Bald Eagles that frequent the area and the largest breeding population of Prothonotary Warblers in Ohio. The preserve also has a large 1,500-foot boardwalk so that guests can view the wildlife without causing harm to the environment and an observation blind for bird viewing at Mud Hen Marsh.

Hoover Reservoir is best known for its waterfowl in the spring and fall. Most species of waterfowl can be located during the year. Notable species have included Red-throated Loon, Greater White-fronted Goose, Ross’s Goose, Brant, Tundra Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, Long-tailed Duck, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, and Black-legged Kittiwake.

Notable non-waterfowl observed at Hoover has included Osprey, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, American Avocet, Snowy Owl and others. When water levels are down in the fall, Hoover Reservoir’s upper section, just below Galena, is among the best places to find shorebirds in Central Ohio.
From Ohio Ornithological Society website

Restrooms at locations identified on Hoover Reservoir map.