Walborn Reservoir–Eagle Nest Observation Deck
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About Walborn Reservoir Eagle Nest Observation Deck
In 1979 there were only four eagle pairs in Ohio. The state is now home to over 200 nests and with around 300 known eaglets hatching each year.
The eaglets at Walborn Reservoir have never been banded for safety reasons: the nesting tree has been struck by lightning several times and may not be stable enough to withstand the weight of humans. It was determined that it was more important to preserve the nest and its babies than it was to band any birds that matured.
We hope you enjoy the observations of eagle watching volunteers and invite you to stop by the nest site located on the west side of Walborn Reservoir. Laws protecting eagles define how close you can get to a nest; do not walk any closer than the wooden Observation Deck.
From Walborn Reservoir Eagle Nest Report webpage
Tips for birding the Walborn Reservoir
It’s worth a trip to see the eagle nest at Walborn Reservoir in Alliance. The nesting activity begins in March when the ice on the reservoir melts away and the eagles are once again able to catch fish, their favorite food. A small observation platform and parking area, located at 13600 Marlboro Avenue, is a superb location to see the nest. Look for the small Eagle Observation Area sign on the east side of the road at the end of a gravel driveway. Wildlife volunteers are frequently at the site with spotting scopes and eagle knowledge and willingly to share.
From Bird Watching Stark Parks
About Walborn Reservoir
Nearly 2,500 acres of terrain and open water are your playground! Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and boating adventures await you at the picturesque Walborn Reservoir, just miles from Alliance and Canton. Natural surface trails take you through pine woods, oak and hickory forests, and wildflower areas. A designated equestrian area provides ties, mounting blocks, and trailer parking.
The Walborn Reservoir Marina offers affordable boat rentals and concessions from May to October. Enjoy a day on the water in a rowboat, motorboat, canoe, or kayak! Bait, tackle, and a selection of snacks and food are all available at the marina shop. A fishing pier and boat launch (boats up to 25 feet and 10 hp) are also nearby.
The Walborn Marina Shelter overlooks the reservoir near the Marina and is perfect for a party of up to 70 people. The shelter is equipped with electricity and a grill.
The Reeder Avenue Trailhead offers additional parking and trail access at 12824 Reeder Avenue Northeast, in Alliance.
The Eagle Observation Deck is one of the most interesting places in all of Walborn Reservoir! Watch the nesting eagles and eaglets from this designated deck built to give you the closest possible view of these majestic birds. Bring your own binoculars for an even closer look. Eagle viewing programs are scheduled during the spring and summer. The deck is located at 13600 Marlboro Avenue Northeast, in Alliance.
From Walborn Reservoir webpage
A marina and restrooms are available at the main parking area.