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The Nature Conservancy’s
Morgan Swamp Preserve

Credit: Marty Sedluk

Address

Footville-Richmond Rd.
Ashtabula, OH

Driving Directions  |  Website

From the north:
• From Interstate 90, travel south on State Route 534 for about 7 miles to its junction with State Route 166/Footville-Richmond Rd. 
• Travel east on Footville-Richmond Rd. for 3.4 miles to the Morgan Swamp parking lot.

From the south:
• From U.S. Route 6, take State Route 45 north for about 3.2 miles to Footville-Richmond Rd.
• Travel west on Footville-Richmond for about 1.6 miles to the Morgan Swamp parking lot.

Site Overview

During the final stages of the last glacial period, retreating ice deposited an expansive, glacial lake upon northeastern Ohio. As the lake’s waters diminished, a thick layer of silt and clay-heavy soil remained. With depths ranging from 5 to 50 feet, this impermeable layer of sediment became the predecessor for what would become Morgan Swamp Preserve.

The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect this swamp ecosystem since 1985, when it made its first acquisition.  At 1,450 acres, the preserve is now one of the largest protected inland wetland in the state and supports 108 bird species, 24 fishes, 26 reptiles, and 24 mammals—including the snowshoe hare and river otter.

Why It Matters

Morgan Swamp Preserve helps to nourish and protect the Grand River, which is a state-designated “Wild and Scenic River” and an important tributary to Lake Erie.  By protecting the Grand River watershed, the Conservancy and its conservation partners are ultimately helping to safeguard the water quality of Lake Erie—one of the world’s most important sources of fresh water. 

With its clean, biologically rich waters, the Grand River is also an asset to the local community.  Its streamside wetlands and forests filter pollutants and control floods while also providing outdoor recreation enthusiasts with a beautiful backdrop for area hiking, boating and fishing opportunities.

Natural Treasures Landmark

Join hundreds of others who have chronicled their adventures! Take a picture of yourself at the wetland overlook at Morgan Swamp 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

  • Take a stroll along the Morgan Swamp trail and enjoy the sights and sounds of this thriving ecosystem.

Backyard Camper

  • Boasting over 100 different bird species, Morgan Swamp is the perfect place for bird-watching! Get out your binoculars and let us know how many species you can see!

Frontier Explorer

  • With 108 bird, 24 fish, 26 reptile and 24 mammal species, the Morgan Swamp is alive with activity! Challenge your friends and family to see who can spot the most wildlife – extra points for a beaver!

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