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NATURAL TREASURES IN OHIO
Side Cut Metropark
Why It's a Natural Treasure
Named for the side cut extension that connected the Miami & Erie Canal with the Maumee River, this location provides breathtaking views of the river. An important spawning area for walleye, it is a popular
destination for fishermen during that fish’s spring run, which is the largest of its kind in the Great Lakes. In addition to supporting important fish populations, the park’s waterways and surrounding floodplain serve as key habitat for birds—earning it an Important Bird Area designation from Audubon.
The Nature Conservancy is working in the Maumee River basin to improve water quality by reducing agricultural sediment and phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie—a source of drinking water for millions.
What to See and Do
Enjoy a game of "I Spy" at the Windows of Wildlife viewing area or travel back in time on the 0.5-mile Canal Locks Trail to experience Ohio’s canal history. Adventuresome travelers will enjoy the 4.1-mile Fallen Timbers Trail, from which osprey and eagles can be seen hunting among the rapids.
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