Confluence Metro Park–Long Lake Area

Confluence Metro Park
Akron, Ohio 44319
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Confluence Metro Park–Long Lake Area
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Tips for birding Confluence Metro Park
Confluence Metro Park is still years away from completion, but they’ve opened the “Long Lake Area” with a parking lot and sign. This has a Purple Martin sanctuary and there can be a nice variety of waterbirds in winter.

There are two sections of Confluence Metro Park comprised of 110 acres of wetlands and marsh just north of Long Lake in the Portage Lakes. The section that is already open has a small parking area on Manchester Road just north of Cove Boulevard and is known as the Long Lake Area. Although metropark signage is already in place, in a few years an additional section will be opened on Turkeyfoot Road near Logan Parkway with a small parking lot and a primitive trail. The pond on the property can be viewed by parking across the street and walking across. Green-Winged Teal and Ring-Necked Ducks were seen on this pond in the winter of 2017-18.

The Long Lake Area is probably the most consistently inconsistent birding spot in the county. The change in waterfowl during the winter and migration seasons is constant and unpredictable. One day a birder might see Great Egrets and Common Goldeneyes, while the next just Mallards and Canada Geese, then days, weeks, or even hours later Northern Pintails and Common Mergansers. There is also a small colony of Purple Martin gourds here in season.
From Brian Tinker and Susan Carpenter

About Confluence Metro Park–Long Lake Area
Confluence Metro Park is under development. The Long Lake Area is open. Plans for the 110-acre park include a primitive trail and small parking lot, though both are years from development. The land is currently being treated as a conservation area.

This land was purchased for watershed protection with funds through the Ohio EPA. The 110-acre site straddles the Tuscarawas River. With other Summit Metro Parks parcels, land owned by the city of Akron and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, there are approximately 260 acres of protected land and water in the immediate area.

Confluence Metro Park is comprised mostly of high-quality wetlands and land that was impacted by a previous sand and gravel operation. The park district is currently studying the site to determine the most appropriate low-impact improvements. Eventually, we plan to remove invasive species, reintroduce native vegetation and provide a small parking area and hiking trail. Currently, park biologists and volunteers are studying the existing wildlife and habitats.
From Confluence Metro Park webpage

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