Grand River Wildlife Area–Norton Lane Ponds

West Farmington, Ohio 44491
Grand River Wildlife Area webpage
Grand River Wildlife Area map

Also, see Grand River Wildlife Area, Grand River-Upper Important Bird Area, and Trumbull County Birding Drive

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Grand River Wildlife Area–Norton Lane Ponds
Coordinates: 41.4347898, -80.8882963
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Tips for birding Grand River Wildlife Area
From Ohio Ornithological Society website

This large wildlife area is comprised of almost 7,000 acres of mostly second-growth and swamp forest with a scattering of older growth forests.

The best area for birding is at Norton Lane Ponds. This area is mostly a complex of shallow ponds with dikes running along them, giving you a great view of the surrounding wetlands which provide great cover for wetland birds. Some birds that breed here include Pied-billed Grebe, Least Bittern, Common Moorhen, Sora, Virginia Rail, Hooded Merganser, and Marsh Wren and surrounding woodlands host Cerulean Warblers.

Another location you may want to check out is a trail and boardwalk off of Hoffman-Norton Rd. The trail will lead you past a marsh into a mature woodland. If you are looking for owls, try looking north of the parking lot where you will find pines and spruce.
From Trumbull County birders

About Grand River Wildlife Area
The Grand River Wildlife Area is in northeast Ohio, just east of West Farmington. OH-88 bisects the area in an east-west direction, and OH-534 borders the area on the west. Trumbull County Roads 217, 213, and 233 run parallel to OH-534 through the area.

The 7,453-acre area is flat to gently rolling. Twelve ponds, numerous beaver impoundments, and over thirty man-made marshes can be found here. The Grand River and five tributary streams meander through the wildlife area, subjecting much of it to flooding during heavy rains and spring thaws. About 46 percent of the area is second growth hardwoods, 49 percent is open land, cropland, and brushland, and 5 percent is wetland and water.

Purchase of land for this wildlife area began in 1956. A portion of the purchased land was cropland; today, much of it is in crop rotation to benefit wildlife. The primary purpose of the wildlife area is to provide public hunting and fishing. Other uses such as hiking and bird watching have become increasingly popular. Several constructed marshes have been impounded, totaling approximately 300 acres. The water levels in these wetlands are managed for waterfowl habitat during the fall migration; they also provide nesting sites for local migratory species.
From Grand River Wildlife Area webpage

No restroom facilities.