Hueston Woods SP--Marina

Tips for Birding

When entering from the Main Loop Road, there is a paved driveway to the left that leads to the boat storage parking. Take the furthest north driveway, which will bring you along the creek inlet area. This area can hold geese, dabbling ducks, herons and shorebirds. There is a bird blind here with several view openings to parts of the inlet not visible from the road. If you continue on, you pass the boat launch, and the road follows between the lake and the parking lots. There is a concrete sidewalk directly on the edge of the lake. Anywhere along here is a good spot to scan the lake for waterfowl and gulls. The main marina road comes down to the lake and ends in the center of the marina. If you turn on it, you will head back toward the Main Loop Road. Partway out you will come to a road that heads left towards the beach.

The park office and nature center are also located at the marina.The nature center has two bird feeders during the winter months.

Birds of Interest

This is a good area for waterfowl, gulls, and sometimes shorebirds.

About this Location

The Hueston Woods Marina is located at the northwest end of Acton Lake. Open daylight to dark, seasonally. The marina offers a snack bar, bait shop, and boats that are available for rent. Pontoon, motorboats, rowboats, canoes, and paddleboats are available for rent.

About Hueston Woods State Park

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The rich soils of the area are part of the glacial till plains of western Ohio. Early settlers cleared the dense woodlands to farm the fertile soil. Nearly all of Ohio’s original forest has since vanished. However, one unique stand of virgin timber remains at Hueston Woods. Over 200 acres have been protected and provide visitors with a glimpse of Ohio’s primeval forest. Stately beech and sugar maple tower above the abundance of ferns, wildflowers, and other woodland species. In 1967, the 200-acre forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

Hueston Woods State Park located in southwest Ohio has an enormous wealth of natural resources. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of an ancient shallow sea that once covered Ohio. Much of the limestone is the magnesium-bearing type called dolomite. Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals are so abundant that people from all over the world come to Hueston Woods to collect them.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Roadside viewing

  • Entrance fee

Content from Hueston Woods State Park website, Tina Gallops and Sue Parks, Cincinnati Audubon website, Hueston Woods State Park Marina webpage, and Levi Metzger

Last updated October 11, 2023