Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
229 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area webpage
Friends of Magee Marsh website
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Coastal Access) webpage
Biggest Week in American Birding website
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Use this hotspot for checklists of birds seen at various locations in the Lucas County section of Magee Marsh. Whenever possible, please use more specific hotspot locations.
The parking area for this beach is at the end of the Causeway where the road turns left toward the Boardwalk.
This is the beach of the former Crane Creek State Park.
You may use this hotspot to report birds you see on the Boardwalk itself or along the wood edge on the south side of the parking lot adjacent to the Boardwalk.
This is a short section of the Causeway nearest Lake Erie. The birds, of course, do not care about the county line and freely cross it. Some eBirders carefully keep their personal lists by county.
This partnership trail was opened in 2012 and offers additional warbler habitat as well as excellent access to the Crane Creek Estuary. Most of the trail is in Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
Use this hotspot for checklists of birds seen at various locations in the Ottawa County section of Magee Marsh. Whenever possible, please use more specific hotspot locations.
The county line crosses the Causeway just after the north most pull off. Most of the Causeway is in Ottawa County.
There are feeders at the Bird Center and trails into the marsh. If there is a Bald Eagle nest in this area some of the trails may be closed.
This hotspot stretches along the entrance road from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory office to the Magee Marsh Bird Center. A Limpkin was observed in 2019 by the pond on this road.
This is the area around the Black Swamp Bird Observatory office and visitor center, including feeders and the trails that connect with Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
This hotspot is within Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, but should not be used to submit checklists for birds observed at other locations at Magee Marsh.
Please, be safe. It is never safe to stop your car on OH-2 in this area. State and local police ticket drivers pulled over to the side of this highway.
Tips for birding Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
Magee Marsh is 2000 acres of wetlands situated on Lake Erie. It has been named as one of the top ten bird watching sites in the country. Four trails are open for birding, with the Magee Marsh Bird Trail or Boardwalk the most popular. There are also pull-off areas for viewing along the road. Visitors can stop by the Bird Center to pick up a checklist or map and find out what birds have been recently sighted. There is also a 40 ft observation tower located outside the Bird Center. The Lake Erie Wing Watch birding guide is also available at the Bird Center.
From Port Clinton go west on OH-2; Magee Marsh is about 5 miles past Davis Besse Nuclear Power Plant, between OH-19 and OH-590, on OH-2.
The Wildlife Area is open during daylight hours. The Bird Center is open all year Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. During March through November the Bird Center is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am until 5 pm, with special birding hours for the months of April and May, opening at 8 am on Saturdays. The area beyond the Bird Center is closed mid-October through December for controlled waterfowl hunting, however the Bird Center and Magee Marsh Walking trail remain open during this time.
From Ohio Ornithological Society
Birds of Interest by Season
Northern shrikes, short-eared owls, bald eagles.
Warblers and other neotropical migrants, nesting eagles.
Waterfowl, including trumpeter swans.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area attracts birders from all over the world. There are a number of Hotspots set up in eBird to receive your bird checklists when you visit.
Magee Marsh is one of those locations in Ohio where a county line runs right through the middle of the area! Thus, there is no “general” hotspot for all of Magee Marsh. There are eBird Hotspots for each county. The south portion of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (near OH-2) is in Ottawa County. The north portion of the wildlife area (near Lake Erie) is in Lucas County. (See map below for the location of the Lucas/Ottawa county line.)
Restrooms at Magee Marsh are available inside the Migratory Bird Center. Portable toilets are at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory office all year and seasonally at the parking lot for the Magee Marsh boardwalk.
The Migratory Bird Center is handicap accessible. The boardwalk at Magee Marsh is wheelchair accessible.