Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area–Force Road West
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Tips for birding Force Road West
Please note that at one time Force Road crossed Killbuck Marsh. The bridges in the marsh are no longer safe and Force Road is closed across the marsh. Use care if you navigate to one of the Force Road hotspots using Google Maps, as the directions may attempt to take you on the closed road across the marsh.
From Valley Road turn east onto Force Road (a sign here reads No Outlet). At the bottom of the hill is a parking area. From here it’s a short walk along the road to the spot where you can see the Bald Eagle nest in the closed refuge, on the right side of the road. Other nesters in this area include Red-headed Woodpeckers, Marsh Wrens, Willow Flycatchers, and Sandhill Cranes. Force Road dead-ends at the Killbuck Creek, so you will have to go back up Force Road to reach Valley Road.
Tips for birding Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
See the Killbuck Marsh Birding Drive for a suggested route through the wildlife area with turn by turn directions and links to hotspot pages.
About Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
The 5,671-acre Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area is situated in northeastern Ohio in portions of Wayne and Holmes counties. The area extends north from Holmesville to three miles south of Wooster and lies between OH-83 on the east and OH-226 on the west.
The area is in a shallow, U-shaped glacial outwash valley. The elevation varies from 840 feet at the floor of Killbuck Creek near Holmesville to nearly 1,000 feet on hillsides parallel to the valley floor. About 56 percent of the acquisition unit consists of marsh and swamp that is flooded during some portion of the year. This complex is Ohio’s largest remaining marshland outside of the Lake Erie region.
Purchase of land for Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area began in 1969. Additional land is being acquired as funds become available. The wildlife management plan provides for maintenance and protection of the existing woodlands, the establishment of regular crop rotations, improvement of open fields for wildlife nesting by controlled burning and selective spraying, and the establishment of food patches for general wildlife use. Permanent wildlife cover has been provided by planting thousands of trees and shrubs. Wright’s Marsh, a 350-acre diked wetland off OH-226, was restored in partnership with Ducks Unlimited. Dikes and water control structures are being developed to increase and improve the wetland habitat on the area.
From Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area webpage
No restroom facilities.