Ottawa NWR--Metzger Marsh Partnership Trail

About this Location

The Metzger Marsh Partnership trail is open seasonally for foot traffic from May through September. The trail is a partnership effort between Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area and Ottawa National Wildlife Area.

The two-mile hiking trail can be accessed through the Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area. Birders may now walk the dike from the Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area and continue for two miles into the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along scenic views of Lake Erie’s shoreline and coastal marshes.

This trail ends at the mouth of Crane Creek overlooking Lake Erie and the Crane Creek Estuary. The trail has a gravel surface over uneven terrain and is not a loop, so visitors should be prepared to walk the same route back to the parking lot at Metzger Marsh.

About Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It provides a place for people to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities and learn about the complexities of the natural world through education and interpretive programming.

Ottawa Refuge is located in northwest Ohio. The entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo, Ohio, or 16 miles west of Port Clinton, Ohio on OH-2. The entrance road is located on the north side of OH-2.

Visitors should stop at the visitor center which opened in 2007. This beautiful lodge-style building welcomes you and tells the refuge story. The building is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are ten miles of hiking trails. These trails travel through a variety of habitats and start behind the visitor center or from the trailhead parking lot.

The refuge wildlife drive is open on scheduled days from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The wildlife drive allows vehicles to travel through areas of the refuge not otherwise open to the general public. See the calendar of events for open dates.

Content from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge website, Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge webpage, and Ohio Ornithological Society