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

Maps From Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area map and trails
Magee Marsh Boardwalk map

Also, see Biggest Week in American Birding

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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: 41.6108541, -83.1924677
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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 & Hawk Tower
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.

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.

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 Boardwalk Code of Ethics
From Lake Erie Birding Trail website
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
From Birding Magee Marsh website
Tips on submitting eBird checklists at Magee Marsh

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 boardwalk at Magee Marsh is wheelchair accessible.

Photo by Ken Ostermiller