Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

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Lucas County

Magee Marsh (Lucas Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6270511, -83.1924882
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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.

Magee Marsh–Beach East
Coordinates: 41.6260156, -83.1783891
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The parking area for this beach is at the end of the Causeway where the road turns left toward the Boardwalk.

Magee Marsh–Beach West
Coordinates: 41.6289163, -83.1881225
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This is the beach of the former Crane Creek State Park.

Magee Marsh–Boardwalk
Coordinates: 41.6277095, -83.191884
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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.

Magee Marsh–Causeway Marshes (Lucas Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6252594, -83.1825757
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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.

Magee Marsh–Lakefront Dike
Coordinates: 41.6257887, -83.1791103
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Ottawa NWR–Crane Creek Estuary Trail
Coordinates: 41.6310555, -83.1958526
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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.

Ottawa County

Magee Marsh (Ottawa Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6140595, -83.163414
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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.

Magee Marsh–Causeway Marshes (Ottawa Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6183298, -83.1824684
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The county line crosses the Causeway just after the north most pull off. Most of the Causeway is in Ottawa County.

Magee Marsh–Migratory Bird Center and Trails
Coordinates: 41.611913, -83.1872106
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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.

Magee Marsh–Entrance Road
Coordinates: 41.6084105, -83.1923083
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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.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails
Coordinates: 41.6051585, -83.1933045
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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.

Turtle Creek Bay (restricted access)
Coordinates: 41.609433, -83.141696
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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.

Photo by Ken Ostermiller
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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.

Ohio Birding Day Hike
Magee Marsh Trails
Trails in Lucas County:
Magee Marsh Boardwalk – 1.2 miles
You may use the eBird 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.
West Beach Trail – .5 mile
This is the beach of the former Crane Creek State Park on the lake side of the parking lots for Magee Marsh Boardwalk.
East Beach Trail – .5 mile
The parking area for this beach is at the end of the Causeway where the road turns left toward the Boardwalk.
Lakefront Dike Trail – .5 mile (open seasonally)
The Lakefront Dike Trail is parallel to and south of the East Beach Trail. It is open only during the spring migration.
Crane Creek Estuary Trail – .5 mile
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.

Trails in Ottawa County:
Bird Center Walking Trail – 1.4 miles
Parking is available at the Magee Marsh Bird Center. Access the trail from the visitor center. There are bird feeders at the visitor center.
Woodies Roost Trail – 1.5 miles (open seasonally)
This trail is in Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Park at the Magee Marsh Bird Center. The trail is on the east side of the road to the causeway.
Magee-Ottawa Partnership Trail – .5 mile
This trail provides access to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Park at the Magee Marsh Bird Center. The trail leads west from the road to the causeway and is just south of the Bird Center.
Gallagher Memorial Trail – .5 mile
Gallagher Memorial Trail is adjacent to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory office and nature center. There are bird feeders at the BSBO nature center. The Gallagher Memorial Trail is in Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Also, see Crane Creek Estuary Trail

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

Magee Marsh is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

Magee Marsh Boardwalk Code of Ethics
From Birding Magee Marsh website
Tips on submitting eBird checklists at Magee Marsh

Birds of Interest by Season
Winter
Northern shrikes, short-eared owls, bald eagles.
Spring
Warblers and other neotropical migrants, nesting eagles.
Summer
Herons, egrets.
Fall
Waterfowl, including trumpeter swans.

About Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
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.