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Geauga Park District’s
Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Credit: Paige Hosier


15681 Old Rider Rd
Burton Township, OH 44021

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Site Overview:

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve in Burton Township is a 287-acre parcel that includes the Charles Dambach Preserve. Located within the upper Cuyahoga River watershed, Burton Wetlands was officially dedicated in 1999 as an Ohio State Nature Preserve.

The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 600 acres in this area, including nearly 400 acres at its Lucia S. Nash Preserve—the only remaining old growth white pine boreal bog in Ohio.  Nesting bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and many other wetland and waterfowl species can be spotted in the region. 

Why It Matters:

Burton Wetlands is part of a 1,000-acre system of kettle bogs, lower slope seeps and wet flats known as the Cuyahoga Wetlands.  This wetland complex protects the groundwater aquifer for the City of Akron, which uses it to supply 300,000 residents with clean, fresh water. 

Natural Treasures Landmark

Join hundreds of others who have chronicled their adventures! Take a picture of yourself at the observation deck overlooking Lake Kelso at Burton Wetlands and upload it to our site.

Fun Things to Do and See:

While on the hunt for the landmark, enjoy the abundant adventures this Ohio treasure has to offer. The thrill of nature can be experienced at any level!

Patio Dweller

  • Pack a picnic lunch and settle under the pergola to revel in the picturesque scenery.

Backyard Camper

  • Venture along the .22-mile Glacier Trail and board the observation deck overlooking Lake Kelso. Pay close attention to the bog habitat. You might spy a four-toed salamander or spotted turtle. 

Frontier Explorer

  • A trek along the 1.12-mile Kettle Trail will get you a closer look at the rolling glacial topography of a large meadow, as well as a forest with oak, beech and maple trees. You’ll also encounter a beaver pond.

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