Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Metzger Marsh Partnership Trail

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Ottawa NWR–Metzger Marsh Partnership Trail
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About Metzger Marsh Partnership Trail
The Metzger Marsh Partnership trail is open seasonally for foot traffic from May through September. The trail is a partnership effort between Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area and Ottawa National Wildlife Area.

The two-mile hiking trail can be accessed through the Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area. Birders may now walk the dike from the Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area and continue for two miles into the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along scenic views of Lake Erie’s shoreline and coastal marshes.

This trail ends at the mouth of Crane Creek overlooking Lake Erie and the Crane Creek Estuary. The trail has a gravel surface over uneven terrain and is not a loop, so visitors should be prepared to walk the same route back to the parking lot at Metzger Marsh.

Tips for birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

strong>About Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge spans two counties. The northern part of the refuge is in Lucas County and the southern part is in Ottawa County.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It provides a place for people to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities and learn about the complexities of the natural world through education and interpretive programming.

Ottawa Refuge is located in northwest Ohio. The entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo, Ohio or 16 miles west of Port Clinton, Ohio on OH-2. The entrance road is located on the north side of OH-2.

Visitors should stop at the visitor center which opened in 2007. This beautiful lodge style building welcomes you and tells the refuge story. The building is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are ten miles of hiking trails. These trails travel through a variety of habitats and start behind the visitor center or from the trailhead parking lot.

The refuge auto tour is open on scheduled days from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The auto tour travels through areas of the refuge not otherwise open to the general public. See the calendar of events for open dates.
From Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge webpage

Restrooms at Metzger Marsh at the boat launch and the main parking lot. Portable toilets.

Restrooms at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge are available at the Visitor Center (flush toilets) and at the parking lot for trails (non-flush toilets).