Cleveland Road West (US-6) Huron, Ohio 44839
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Lake Erie Western Basin Important Bird Area
The 92-acre Eagle Point is located on US Route 6 (Cleveland Road) in Huron Township. The Plum Brook, Bogert Marsh, and Pete Weiland Wetland cover much of the preserve. The one-mile, natural-surfaced Meadows Trail leads from the parking area, through woods, meadows, and to marshlands. The one-half-mile East Bay Trail leads to an observation deck that overlooks East Sandusky Bay. An access point for the East Sandusky Bay Water Trail is located next to the overlook. It is necessary to carry canoes or kayaks the length of the trail to the access area. The preserve also includes the Stockdale Arboretum and a picnic area. Eagle Point provides critical habitat for breeding and migrating birds and ducks. The site has had 13 successful eagle nests over the last 16 years. Access to the preserve may be limited during eagle nesting season.
See all hotspots at East Sandusky Bay MetroPark
East Sandusky Bay MetroPark is the umbrella name for a collection of neighboring parks and preserves located on East Sandusky Bay. The facilities include, from west to east, Eagle Point, Joseph Steinen Wildlife Area, Putnam Marsh Nature Preserve, Wyandot Wetland Meadows Preserve, and the Barnes Addition. All are passive-use sites and offer hiking trails, wildlife viewing opportunities, fishing, and seasonal hunting by permit only.
Steinen Wildlife Area is one of several key protected natural areas along the southern shoreline of Lake Erie. Part of East Sandusky Bay Preserve MetroPark, this 155-acre natural area protects an extraordinary freshwater marsh and uplands rich in critical food and sanctuary for all types of species including ducks, raptors, and migratory birds. It’s an important stopover point along the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyway, one of the largest bird migration routes in the eastern U.S. Plans for public use of the area need to be wisely balanced to protect the area’s rich mixture of open water, wetlands, and wildlife habitat.
The wildlife area includes three neighboring parcels, all adjacent to US-6. The east and west parcels are bounded on the north by Lake Erie and the southernmost parcel by Perkins Avenue. The northernmost parts of the east and west parcels are greatly influenced by the water level of the adjacent lake and some sections are underwater. From the most northern tip of the wildlife area, the view of East Sandusky Bay is open and inspiring. The south parcel is very different from the other two parcels and the Erie County Ohio Bicentennial Barn is on the site. A neighbor’s horses graze on the private pastureland adjacent to the Barn. The west parcel has about a 0.5 mile rustic trail and is open daily, year‐round, from 8 am to dark, except during hunting season when access is restricted. Access to the south and east parcels is by prior permission only. With the collaboration of the ODNR, Division of Wildlife, seasonal controlled youth hunting at this site is by permit only.
Restrooms at Eagle Point.
Restrooms on site
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