Ohio Department of Natural Resources’
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources


13229 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449

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Site Overview

The 2,200-acre Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, purchased by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in August 1951, represents some of Ohio’s finest remaining wetlands. The marsh complex has historically been inhabited by large numbers of waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds and songbirds as well as numerous other wildlife species like fish, frogs, turtles and snakes. 

The Nature Conservancy recognizes Magee Marsh Wildlife Area as one of the most important migratory bird stopover habitats in the Western Lake Erie basin.  Through policy initiatives and on-the-ground conservation efforts, the Conservancy is protecting, connection and restoring key coastal habitat throughout the basin.

Why It Matters

Magee Marsh is one of the best places to witness the spring migration of songbirds anywhere in North America. The southern edge of Lake Erie acts as a barrier that the birds are reluctant to cross during migration. The birds tend to "pile up" in the woodlots surrounded by marshland on the lake's southern edge to rest and refuel before crossing the Lake. During spring and fall migrations, hundreds of species of birds are recorded here, including more than 150 species of migrating songbirds.  Bald eagles, peregrine falcons, osprey and a large variety of hawks frequent the area as well. Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area has received national attention in Birder's World and Wild Bird magazines, each ranking the Ottawa County site as a "Top 10" best-birding location in North America. An increasingly popular pastime, bird-watching is providing an important boost to the local economy.   

Natural Treasures Landmark

Join hundreds of others who have chronicled their adventures! Take a picture of yourself at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh 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

  • Start your visit at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center to learn the history of Magee Marsh. What did you learn?
  • Enjoy the view of the marsh from the observation tower before hitting the trails for an afternoon walk! What can you see?  

Backyard Camper

  • Take a walk on the boardwalk for some of the best bird-watching in the Midwest! Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the bald eagles that frequent the marsh.
  • Play a game! How many furry creatures can you spot in the marsh?  

Frontier Explorer

  • Deer and waterfowl hunting are allowed at Magee Marsh by special drawings.  Contact the Division of Wildlife for information on how to enter.


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