Erie Metroparks’East Sandusky Bay MetroPark
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3819 Cleveland Road
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In a state that has seen 90 percent of its original wetlands destroyed, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark is an irreplaceable natural resource, protecting a vital portion of Lake Erie’s remaining freshwater marshland. A collective of four neighboring sister parks stretched between the cities of Huron and Sandusky, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark includes the Joseph Steinen Wildlife Area, the Putnam Marsh Preserve, the Community Foundation Reserve at Eagle Point and the Wyandot Wetland Meadows Preserve.
The Nature Conservancy helped to contribute nearly 1,000 acres of wetland and open water to this MetroPark system, which harbors one of the last naturally functioning marshes on the southern Lake Erie shoreline that is directly influenced by the natural rise and fall of the lake waters.
Why It Matters
East Sandusky Bay’s collective 1,200 acres provide a thriving home to more than 180 plant species, including 50 natives and a number of threatened species that rely on the MetroPark’s moisture-rich marshes for survival. The bay’s wetlands also provide a critical layover for migratory birds completing the strenuous trans-lake portion of the Mississippi and Atlantic migration routes.
While the bay’s marshland is a temporary shelter to some, it is full-time habitat for others. The American bald eagle inhabits the MetroPark’s wetlands and has proved fruitful in this home, with 14 successful nests over the past 18 years.
Development has altered the natural state of much of Ohio’s North Coast, leading to the loss of many of southern Lake Erie’s naturally functioning marshes, and the wildlife they support. Protecting places like East Sandusky Bay means protecting Ohio’s natural heritage for future generations.
Natural Treasures Landmark
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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!
- Take a stroll along the East Sandusky trails to find the observation deck. Do you see the boaters and wildlife on the water trails?
- Take a break from hiking to enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the park’s picnic tables.
- Pack your blanket, cooler, Frisbee and shades and head to the Stockdale Arboretum for a day in the sun!
- Go for a hike on the East Sandusky trails and practice your nature photography! What do you see ahead?
- Hop into a canoe and explore the East Sandusky Bay water trail! Row along the 15-mile trail for a different view of East Sandusky Bay.