Alum Creek SP--Marina

Tips for Birding

Follow Lewis Center Road north and then turn right onto South Old State Road. Go north about a mile and turn right on Hollenback Road. At the end of Hollenback is a marina with a small bay. The breakwater at the mouth of the marina offers the best view of the lower reservoir for waterfowl, and sometimes birds are in the marina inlet (watch especially for small grebes here). A picnic area just north of the marina can be good for land birds.

About this Location

The Alum Creek Marina is located on the Alum Creek Reservoir which contains 3,387 acres of water with surrounding fields and woodlands encompassing 5,213 acres. Visitors will find a variety of activities available in all seasons.

About Alum Creek State Park

Alum Creek rests in the midst of the fertile agricultural till plains and river valleys of Delaware County. In contrast to the surrounding farmlands, the park offers a diverse array of natural features. Cliffs of Ohio shale are notable in many areas, exposed as Alum Creek and other streams cut through underlying bedrock. The shale was formed as mud washed into the ancient sea which covered the area several hundred million years ago. The dark hue of the rock is due to the mixture of a carbonized plant material and mud that formed the shale.

The rich soils of Delaware County gave rise to a luxuriant beech-maple forest after the retreat of the glaciers about 12,000 years ago. That original forest has long since been cut but a healthy second-growth forest is preserved in the park. The woodlands harbor a variety of plant species and offer the interested observer beautiful displays of wildflowers and wildlife. Large-flowered trillium, wild geranium, bloodroot, and spring beauties carpet the forest floor. The forest is home to fox squirrel, woodchuck, rabbit, white-tail deer, and many other species of wildlife.

Restrooms on site.

Content from Alum Creek State Park webpage, Alum Creek State Park Marina webpage, and Ohio Ornithological Society