Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area--Wright Marsh

Tips for Birding

Wright Marsh may be viewed from two locations.

  • There is a small parking lot at the end of Carrie Lane. A short walk toward the marsh provides distant views of birds on the marsh. A spotting scope is helpful from this location.
  • The Wright Marsh parking area on Shreve Road (OH-226) provides walking access to the dikes and impoundments in the marsh. This involves a longer walk but allows for closer views of birds. A spotting scope is also helpful for viewing distant birds on the ponds.

Birds of Interest

During migration, look for waterfowl and shorebirds.

About this Location

To reach Wright Marsh take OH-3 south from Wooster and veer left to get on OH-226. Turn left onto Carrie Lane, which dead-ends into a parking area with walking access to Wright Marsh. In the spring, huge rafts of ducks can often be seen here. Remember to stay off the private property that borders the wildlife area.

Return to OH-226 (Shreve Road) and travel south less than a half mile. Turn left into the Wright Marsh parking lot. From here you can walk to several impoundments.

Wright Marsh is open only to hunters during portions of the hunting season.

About Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area

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The 5,671-acre Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area is situated in northeastern Ohio in portions of Wayne and Holmes counties. The area extends north from Holmesville to three miles south of Wooster and lies between OH-83 on the east and OH-226 on the west.

The area is in a shallow, U-shaped glacial outwash valley. The elevation varies from 840 feet at the floor of Killbuck Creek near Holmesville to nearly 1,000 feet on hillsides parallel to the valley floor. About 56 percent of the acquisition unit consists of marshes and swamps that are flooded during some portion of the year. This complex is Ohio’s largest remaining marshland outside of the Lake Erie region.

The purchase of land for Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area began in 1969. Additional land is being acquired as funds become available. The wildlife management plan provides for maintenance and protection of the existing woodlands, the establishment of regular crop rotations, the improvement of open fields for wildlife nesting by controlled burning and selective spraying, and the establishment of food patches for general wildlife use. Permanent wildlife cover has been provided by planting thousands of trees and shrubs. Wright’s Marsh, a 350-acre diked wetland off OH-226, was restored in partnership with Ducks Unlimited. Dikes and water control structures are being developed to increase and improve the wetland habitats in the area.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area Official Website, Ken Ostermiller, and Ohio Ornithological Society