Middle Bass Island–Petersen Woods and Kuehnle Wildlife Area

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Middle Bass Island–Petersen Woods and Kuehnle Wildlife Area
Coordinates: 41.6919619, -82.8019381
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Tips for birding Peterson Woods and Kuehnle Wildlife Area
Peterson Woods and Kuehnle Wildlife Area are stops on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

About Peterson Woods
The nearly 2-acre Petersen Woods is an undeveloped woodlot in the northern part of Middle Bass Island. It is located on Deist Road and is adjacent and west of Kuehnle Wildlife Area.

Petersen Woods provides habitat for the state-threatened Lake Erie water snake, migratory songbirds and wading birds.

Petersen Woods was acquired in 2004 by the Black Swamp Conservancy’s Lake Erie Islands Chapter. It was the chapter’s first property. The site offers birding opportunities and fishing access. There are no recreational or passive amenities.

Future site plans include nature trails, a boardwalk and an observation platform. An additional 0.75 acres of emergent wetland known as the Lawrence Evans tract, situated between Petersen Woods and Kuehnle Wildlife Area, was also acquired by the conservancy’s Lake Erie Islands Chapter.
From Lake Erie Public Access Guide

About Kuehnle Wildlife Area
Kuehnle Wildlife Area is a triangular-shaped, 20-acre protected area that spans a narrow isthmus connecting the greater part of Middle Bass Island to the island’s East Point. It is located on Deist Road and is adjacent and east of Petersen Woods.

Its primary feature is a mixed-emergent marsh, also known as Hauncks Pond, which is suitable for fishing, bird watching and nature photography. The environments at Kuehnle Wildlife Area provide habitat and resting spots for migratory songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and wading birds. It also harbors a number of threatened and endangered plants, rare salamanders, Blanding’s turtles and the Lake Erie water snake. Both the north-facing and south-facing shores are reinforced with dikes, which are accessible for fishing.

There are no recreational or passive amenities.
From Lake Erie Public Access Guide

Restrooms at Middle Bass Island State Park.