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Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge conserves the "wild Ohio" within one of our nation's busiest inland waterways. Established in 1990, the refuge extends along 362 miles of the upper Ohio River with 22 scattered islands and three mainland properties. The refuge works to protect wildl...
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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The Lake Erie Marsh Region has historically been important to fish, migratory waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds. Large numbers of migrating songbirds stop in the area to rest during their spring migration. This amazing wildlife spectacle attracts a large number of visitors from across the country.

Ottawa Refuge has been designated as a site of regional significance in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. In 2002, "Birders World" readers voted the refuge as one of their Top 15 favorite spots to see birds, and the American Bird Conservancy has identified the refuge as an Important Bird Area.

Wildlife to Watch: The refuge offers a variety of seasonal opportunites to view many species of wildlife. May is the peak for warbler and other songbird viewing. May, July, and August offer a variety of shorebirds. April and October are peak months for waterfowl migration. Many tundra swans are seen throughout the winter. The refuge offers the highest numbers of bald eagles in Ohio. The 7.5 miles of hiking trails offer a variety of locations to view a variety of wildlife.

Special Tips: An auto tour is offered for special events and on a limited basis throughout the year.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 9000 acres 
Closest Town: Oak Harbor

RestroomsFishingCross Country SkiingHikingVisitor CenterHuntingHandicap AccessibleDrinking WaterAuto Tour

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Ottawa NWR (Navarre Marsh) - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo/Oregon and 16 miles west of Port Clinton on State Route 2.

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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area