Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Ottawa National Widlife Refuge
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge website
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (Coastal Access) webpage
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge webpage
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (Facebook) webpage

Maps
Ottawa National Widlife Refuge trail map
Refuge map from Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Trail map from Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Wildlife Drive map from Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Also, see Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

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Lucas County

Ottawa NWR–Crane Creek Estuary Trail
Coordinates: 41.6310555, -83.1958526
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Ottawa County

Ottawa NWR–Pool 1 Trail
Coordinates: 41.6170144, -83.1955576
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Ottawa NWR–Visitor Center and Boardwalk
Coordinates: 41.607517, -83.2096338
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Ottawa NWR–Walking Trail Pools
Coordinates: 41.616914, -83.206479
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Ottawa NWR–Walking Trail Woodland
Coordinates: 41.6116242, -83.2031965
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Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails
Coordinates: 41.6051585, -83.1933045
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Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails
There are ten miles of hiking trails. These trails travel through a variety of habitats.

Visitor Center parking lot:
+ Walking Trails Woodland
from boardwalk trail behind Visitor Center

Trail Head parking lot near the Show Pool:
+ Walking Trails Pools
from the west side of the dike by the Show Pool
+ Pool 1 Trail
from the east side of the dike by the Show Pool

From Magee Marsh:
+ Crane Creek Estuary Trail
from the west end of the Boardwalk parking lot
+ Gallagher Trail
adjacent to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory office
+ Woodies Roost Trail
from the Bird Center parking lot on the east side of the road to the Causeway
+ Ottawa-Magee Marsh Partnership Trail
from south of the Bird Center parking lot on the west side of the road to the Causeway

From Metzger Marsh
+ Metzger Marsh Partnership Trail
from the outer dike – this is an out and back trail

Tips for birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Submitting eBird checklists at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh
From Lake Erie Birding Trail website
From Ohio Ornithological Society website

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.

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