Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge–Visitor Center and Boardwalk
eBird Bar Charts by Season
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
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails
Tips for birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Boardwalk
Check the feeders behind the Visitor Center including, during the summer, the hummingbird feeders. The gourd nest boxes often attract breeding Purple Martins. The boardwalk connects to the trails throughout the refuge.
The Wildlife Drive leaves from the parking lot of the Visitor Center. It is open one weekend a month. Check the Events Calendar for when it is open and for other guided tours of the refuge.
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
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).