Birding in Ohio

Buckeye Lake State Park

2905 Liebs Island Road
Millersport, Ohio 43046
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Please Note: The Fairfield/Licking county line runs through the middle of Buckeye Lake. (Please see the map below and to the right for the location of the county line.) eBird hotspots are organized by county. If you carefully keep your bird records by county, please be sure to use the specific hotspots on this lake so that the birds will be assigned to the proper county. The general hotspot for Buckeye Lake State Park is in Fairfield County.

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Fairfield County

Buckeye Lake SP

Coordinates: 39.909012, -82.5099421
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Buckeye Lake SP--Brooks Park Area

Coordinates: 39.9007588, -82.5152925
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Buckeye Lake SP--Fairfield Beach Area

Coordinates: 39.9206849, -82.4743009
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Buckeye Lake SP--Liebs Island

Coordinates: 39.9066665, -82.5269473
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Buckeye Lake SP--Mud Island

Coordinates: 39.9170026, -82.5218618
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Licking County

Buckeye Lake SP--North Shore

Coordinates: 39.9322696, -82.4780355
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Buckeye Lake (Licking Co.)

Coordinates: 39.9335322, -82.4561477
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About Buckeye Lake State Park

At one time, the ground now known as Buckeye Lake was swampland resulting from glaciation. Thousands of years ago the glaciers moved south across Ohio altering drainage systems and landscape. Natural lakes, known as kettles, were created when huge chunks of ice broke off the glacier and melted in depressions. Other lakes were formed when the glacier blocked existing water outlets. As time progressed, clay and silt settled out of the still water into the bottom of the lakes.

Today as we study the landscape, we can learn of the old lake locations by the nature of the underlying clay and silt. The large area of fine clay sediment in the Buckeye Lake region indicates that the glacial lake was broader than the present man-made lake.

When whites began settling in Ohio, only a few of the ancient lakes remained. They were shallow and swampy, and more correctly classified as bogs or marshes. Explorer Christopher Gist, while traveling the Scioto-Beaver Trail just south of Buckeye Lake, camped by the watery bog's edge. In 1751, he named the area Buffalo Lick or Great Swamp in his journal. The Great Swamp included two long narrow ponds that were joined during high water. A considerable part of the wetland was a cranberry-sphagnum bog. Cranberry Bog, a state nature preserve and a National Natural Landmark, is situated in Buckeye Lake. When the lake was impounded in 1826, Cranberry Bog broke loose from the bottom and became a floating island which may conceivably be the only one of its kind in the world. Most of the island is an open sphagnum moss meadow with an abundance of cranberries and pitcher plants making the area a naturalist's delight. Access to the island is by permit only from the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Buckeye Lake's shoreline offers excellent habitat for waterfowl. Good bird-watching opportunities exist especially during the spring and fall migrations. One of the state's largest great blue heron rookeries is situated on adjacent private land, but the birds can often be seen in the park.
From Buckeye Lake State Park web site

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L2917277 US US-OH US-OH-089 39.9335322 -82.4561477 Buckeye Lake (Licking Co.)
L2917270 US US-OH US-OH-045 39.909012 -82.5099421 Buckeye Lake SP
L863922 US US-OH US-OH-045 39.9007588 -82.5152925 Buckeye Lake SP--Brooks Park Area
L3808665 US US-OH US-OH-045 39.9206849 -82.4743009 Buckeye Lake SP--Fairfield Beach Area
L3867241 US US-OH US-OH-045 39.9066665 -82.5269473 Buckeye Lake SP--Liebs Island
L3244862 US US-OH US-OH-089 39.9322696 -82.4780355 Buckeye Lake SP--North Shore