Hoover Reservoir

Hoover Reservoir and Hoover Nature Preserve

Hoover Reservoir map

Also, see Big Walnut Important Bird Area and Hoover Reservoir Birding Drive

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Delaware County

Hoover Nature Preserve
Coordinates: 40.1870541, -82.8716114
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Area L
Coordinates: 40.2162586, -82.8851402
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Area N
Coordinates: 40.2122441, -82.8783274
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Boardwalk Area M
Coordinates: 40.2134403, -82.8806448
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Hoover Meadows
Coordinates: 40.1931513, -82.8712088
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Mud Hen Marsh
Coordinates: 40.1723252, -82.8837463
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Old Sunbury Rd.
Coordinates: 40.1907659, -82.87395
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Oxbow Rd.
Coordinates: 40.1845455, -82.8858376
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Hoover Nature Preserve–Wiese Rd.
Coordinates: 40.2097387, -82.8906024
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Hoover Reservoir (Delaware Co.)
Coordinates: 40.16072, -82.8742
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Hoover Reservoir–Maxtown Boat Launch
Coordinates: 40.1457382, -82.8802049
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Hoover Reservoir–North
Coordinates: 40.2103348, -82.8826413
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Hoover Reservoir–Sunbury Causeway and Baldridge Boat Ramp
Coordinates: 40.1753561, -82.8752375
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Hoover Reservoir–Twin Bridges Boat Ramp
Coordinates: 40.1763813, -82.8616118
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Franklin County

Hoover Reservoir (Franklin Co.)
Coordinates: 40.1125747, -82.8816517
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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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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.

Tips for birding Hoover Reservoir
From Ohio Ornithological Society website

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.

Restrooms at locations identified on Hoover Reservoir map.