Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

14000 West OH-2
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

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Ottawa NWR (please consider using a more specific hotspot)
Coordinates: 41.616084, -83.2284737
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Lucas County

Ottawa NWR (Lucas Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6295579, -83.2261562
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Use this hotspot for checklists of birds seen at various locations in the Lucas County section of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Whenever possible, please use more specific hotspot locations.

Ottawa NWR–Crane Creek Estuary (Lucas Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6276273, -83.206232
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Ottawa NWR–Crane Creek Estuary Trail
Coordinates: 41.6310555, -83.1958526
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Ottawa NWR–Veler Rd.
Coordinates: 41.6307776, -83.2511248
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Ottawa NWR–Wildlife Drive (Lucas Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6275048, -83.2346331
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Ottawa County

Ottawa NWR (Ottawa Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6081267, -83.2374001
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Use this hotspot for checklists of birds seen at various locations in the Ottawa County section of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Whenever possible, please use more specific hotspot locations.

Ottawa NWR–Adam Grimm Prairie
Coordinates: 41.6119771, -83.2585144
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Ottawa NWR–Blausey Unit (restricted access)
Coordinates: 41.574281, -83.1083322
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Ottawa NWR–Boss Unit
Coordinates: 41.5991334, -83.1838739
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Ottawa NWR–Crane Creek Estuary (Ottawa Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6199179, -83.2219934
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Ottawa NWR–Darby Unit (restricted access)
Coordinates: 41.529399, -82.9914093
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Ottawa NWR–Entrance Pool
Coordinates: 41.607942, -83.200532
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Ottawa NWR–Kontz Unit, Bodi and Lemon Roads
Coordinates: 41.6019013, -83.1620407
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Ottawa NWR–Navarre Marsh (restricted access)
Coordinates: 41.5933645, -83.0770683
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Ottawa NWR–Pool 1 Trail
Coordinates: 41.6170144, -83.1955576
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Ottawa NWR–Show Pool
Coordinates: 41.61259, -83.200789
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Ottawa NWR–Stange Rd. and Krause Rd. and Observation Tower
Coordinates: 41.611298, -83.240606
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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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Ottawa NWR–Wildlife Drive (Ottawa Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6113354, -83.213625
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Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails
Coordinates: 41.6051585, -83.1933045
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Ottawa-Lucas Co. Rd. (Ottawa Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6228213, -83.2538098
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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 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.

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).

Reporting Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive Bird Checklists on eBird
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive map

If you wish to report your bird sightings to eBird (http://ebird.org) from the Wildlife Drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, there are two eBird Hotspots to receive your reports:

Ottawa NWR–Wildlife Drive (Ottawa Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6113354, -83.213625
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Ottawa NWR–Wildlife Drive (Lucas Co.)
Coordinates: 41.6275048, -83.2346331
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The south portion of the Wildlife Drive is in Ottawa County, the north portion is in Lucas County. You are on the county line when the Wildlife Drive turns right (east) on Ottawa-Lucas Rd.

Please, keep two checklists of birds you see, one for each portion of the Wildlife Drive. The section in Ottawa County is about 2.4 miles; the section in Lucas County is 3 miles. eBird limits a “traveling” count to five miles or less and sorts your bird sightings by county, thus two “hotspots” to report your sightings. Sometimes the route of the Wildlife Drive varies, so you might want to set your odometer to record the actual miles you cover for each section.