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Ottawa NWR–Turkey Run Unit
Coordinates: 41.4788471, -83.0626055
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Tips for birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.

About Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Turkey Run Unit
Located roughly 16 miles southeast of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, the Turkey Run Unit is a public hunting area near the Little Portage River. Outside of hunting season, folks are welcome to make use of this area for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. The 170 acre parcel features habitats varying from woods to prairie to pools, and could host an abundance of wildlife and bird species. There is a gravel parking lot here, but no defined trails. This site is open during daylight hours only.

Directions from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Travel east (left) on OH-2, then turn south (right) on OH-19. Just outside of Oak Harbor, turn east (left) on County Road 17. Turn south (right) onto South Muddy Creek North Road. Turn east (left) on West Little Portage East Road. The Turkey Run Unit will be approximately a mile down the road on your right.
From Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Satellite Properties webpage

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.

There are ten miles of hiking trails. These trails travel through a variety of habitats and start behind the visitor center or from the trailhead parking lot.

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).