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Also, see Biggest Week in American Birding

Lucas County

Ottawa County

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

229 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area webpage
Friends of Magee Marsh website
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Coastal Access) webpage
Biggest Week in American Birding website

Maps From Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area map and trails
Magee Marsh Boardwalk map

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external image Magee%20Marsh%20boardwalk.jpg?dl=1 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area attracts birders from all over the world. There are a number of Hotspots set up in eBird to receive your bird checklists when you visit.

Magee Marsh is one of those locations in Ohio where a county line runs right through the middle of the area! Thus, there is no “general” hotspot for all of Magee Marsh. There are eBird Hotspots for each county. The south portion of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (near OH-2) is in Ottawa County. The north portion of the wildlife area (near Lake Erie) is in Lucas County. (See map at right for location of the Lucas/Ottawa county line.)

Tips for birding Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Magee Marsh Boardwalk Code of Ethics
From Lake Erie Birding Trail website
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
Read about birding Magee Marsh in the American Birding Association's Birding magazine
From Birding Magee Marsh website
Tips on submitting eBird checklists at Magee Marsh

eBird Hotspots

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Lucas Co.)

Coordinates: 41.6253904, -83.191309
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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Ottawa Co.)

Coordinates: 41.6108541, -83.1924677
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These hotspots may be used for older checklists when you do not know a more precise location. It is preferable, however, if you will keep checklists for the locations below.

Most birders want to get to the Boardwalk at Magee. Most of the checklists at Magee are reported at this Hotspot:

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area--Boardwalk

Coordinates: 41.6277095, -83.191884
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You may use this Hotspot to report birds you see on the Boardwalk itself or along the wood edge on the south side of the parking lot adjacent to the Boardwalk.

As you enter Magee Marsh from OH-2 there are several Hotspots along the route:

Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails

Coordinates: 41.6051585, -83.1933045
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This is the area around the Black Swamp Bird Observatory office and visitor center, including feeders and the trails that connect with Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Magee Marsh--Migratory Bird Center & Hawk Tower

Coordinates: 41.611913, -83.1872106
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There are feeders at the Bird Center and trails into the marsh. If there is a Bald Eagle nest in this area some of the trails may be closed.

Magee Marsh--Causeway Marshes (Ottawa Co.)

Coordinates: 41.6183298, -83.1824684
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The county line crosses the Causeway just after the north most pull off. Most of the Causeway is in Ottawa County.

Magee Marsh--Causeway Marshes (Lucas Co.)

Coordinates: 41.6252594, -83.1825757
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This is a short section of the Causeway nearest Lake Erie. The birds, of course, do not care about the county line and freely cross it. Some eBirders carefully keep their personal lists by county.

There are four Hotspots associated with the beach:

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area--Beach East

Coordinates: 41.6260156, -83.1783891
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Magee Marsh--Lakefront Dike

Coordinates: 41.6257887, -83.1791103
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The parking area for the East Beach and the Lakefront Dike trail is at the end of the Causeway where the road turns left toward the Boardwalk.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area--Beach West

Coordinates: 41.6289163, -83.1881225
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This is the beach of the former Crane Creek State Park.

Ottawa NWR--Crane Creek Estuary Trail

Coordinates: 41.6310555, -83.1958526
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This partnership trail was opened in 2012 and offers additional warbler habitat as well as excellent access to the Crane Creek Estuary. Most of the trail is in Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Turtle Creek Bay (restricted access)

Coordinates: 41.609433, -83.141696
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This hotspot is within Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, but should not be used to submit checklists for birds observed at other locations at Magee Marsh.

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external image 70px-OH-2.svg.png?dl=1Please, be safe. It is never safe to stop your car on OH-2 in this area. State and local police ticket drivers pulled over to the side of this highway.


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L317582 US US-OH US-OH-095 41.6253904 -83.191309 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Lucas Co.)
L275517 US US-OH US-OH-123 41.6155413 -83.1880903 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Ottawa Co.)
L333739 US US-OH US-OH-095 41.6260156 -83.1783891 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area--Beach East
L210370 US US-OH US-OH-095 41.6289163 -83.1881225 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area--Beach West
L275986 US US-OH US-OH-095 41.6277095 -83.191884 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area--Boardwalk
L756394 US US-OH US-OH-095 41.6252594 -83.1825757 Magee Marsh--Causeway Marshes (Lucas Co.)
L740465 US US-OH US-OH-123 41.6212158 -83.1824151 Magee Marsh--Causeway Marshes (Ottawa Co.)
L756392 US US-OH US-OH-123 41.6123301 -83.1879187 Magee Marsh--Migratory Bird Center & Hawk Tower
L740302 US US-OH US-OH-123 41.6051585 -83.1933045 Black Swamp Bird Observatory & Trails
L1512917 US US-OH US-OH-095 41.6310555 -83.1958526 Ottawa NWR--Crane Creek Estuary Trail
L691115 US US-OH US-OH-123 41.609433 -83.141696 Turtle Creek Bay (restricted access)