Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve

Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve
399 Portage Lakes Drive
Akron, Ohio 44319
Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve webpage

Also, see Portage Lakes and Akron South Birding Drive

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Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve
Coordinates: 40.997267, -81.534133
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Tips for birding Tips for birding Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve
Located south of Akron. From the junction of I-277 and OH-93, proceed south on OH-93 to Portage Lakes Drive (County Road 75). Proceed east approximately 1 mile; park at the Kiwanis Senior Center on the west side of the road. The preserve can be accessed from this parking lot.

About Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve
Portage Lakes Wetland is primarily a tall shrub sphagnum bog community dominated by speckled alder and arrowwood.

This wet basin is too wet to enter without ankle-high boots and it is difficult to walk through the thick shrubs.

Some of the rare species found growing here include swamp birch, tamarack, alder-leaved buckthorn, and smooth gooseberry.
From Portage Lakes Wetland State Nature Preserve webpage

Restrooms: none known at this location, but there are gas stations and restaurants nearby.