Walborn Reservoir

Reeder Avenue Parking lot

Stark, Ohio, US


195 species

Walborn Reservoir

German Church Road Atwater, Ohio 44201

Official Website
Walborn Reservoir map

Tips for Birding

Walborn Reservoir encompasses more than 2,000 acres and provides the perfect escape for Mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, canoeists, and kayakers. Two miles of quiet trails travel through pine woods, brushlands, and oak and hickory forests. The reservoir was named for Dale Walborn, the mayor of Alliance from 1963-71, who initiated its construction.

You may spot wildflowers such as mayapple and trillium or such wildlife as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, osprey, bald eagles, and migratory waterfowl.

Under a cooperative agreement with the City of Alliance, Walborn Reservoir came under the jurisdiction of the Stark County Park District in 1998.

From OH-62 east of Canton, take OH-44 north and turn east (right) onto Pontius Street. Continue heading east as Pontius turns into Price Street. Walborn Reservoir will be on the right.

Open all year during daylight hours.

The main parking lot and marina are off of Price Street on the south side of the road.

It’s worth a trip to see the eagle nest at Walborn Reservoir in Alliance. The nesting activity begins in March when the ice on the reservoir melts away and the eagles are once again able to catch fish, their favorite food. A small observation platform and parking area, located at 13600 Marlboro Avenue, is a superb location to see the nest. Look for the small Eagle Observation Area sign on the east side of the road at the end of a gravel driveway. Wildlife volunteers are frequently at the site with spotting scopes and eagle knowledge and are willing to share.

Birds of Interest

Bufflehead, Eastern Bluebird, Song Sparrow.
Wood Duck, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser.
Bald Eagle, Osprey, Yellow Warbler.
Brown-Headed Cowbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, migrating waterfowl.

About this Location

The northern portion of the Walborn Reservoir is in Portage County, the southern portion is in Stark County. The county line runs along German Church Road. See the map for the location of the county line. If you carefully keep your bird records by county, be sure to use the specific hotspots at this reservoir so that the birds will be assigned to the proper county.

Nearly 2,500 acres of terrain and open water are your playground! Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and boating adventures await you at the picturesque Walborn Reservoir, just miles from Alliance and Canton. Natural surface trails take you through pine woods, oak and hickory forests, and wildflower areas. A designated equestrian area provides ties, mounting blocks, and trailer parking.

The Walborn Reservoir Marina offers affordable boat rentals and concessions from May to October. Enjoy a day on the water in a rowboat, motorboat, canoe, or kayak! Bait, tackle, and a selection of snacks and food are all available at the marina shop. A fishing pier and boat launch (boats up to 25 feet and 10 hp) are also nearby.

The Walborn Marina Shelter overlooks the reservoir near the Marina and is perfect for a party of up to 70 people. The shelter is equipped with electricity and a grill.

The Reeder Avenue Trailhead offers additional parking and trail access at 12824 Reeder Avenue Northeast, in Alliance.

The Eagle Observation Deck is one of the most interesting places in all of Walborn Reservoir! Watch the nesting eagles and eaglets from this designated deck built to give you the closest possible view of these majestic birds. Bring your own binoculars for an even closer look. Eagle viewing programs are scheduled during the spring and summer. The deck is located at 13600 Marlboro Avenue Northeast, in Alliance.


  • Restrooms on site

Content from Official Website, Ohio Ornithological Society, and Bird Watching Stark Parks