Ohio has some of the best places in the country for bird watching. Many of those places are here in Northwest Ohio.
Some consider Northwest Ohio the best place in the state for bird watching
Lake Erie, the Maumee river, and the Oak Openings Region all provide fantastic places to see many different species of birds.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area - Directions: From Port Clinton, follow State Route 2 west 17 miles to Crane Creek State Park and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The entrance is on the east side of Route 2.
Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area - Directions: From Toledo, follow State Route 2 approximately 13 miles east.
Maumee Bay State Park - Directions: From Interstate 280 just east of Toledo, follow State Route 2 for 6 miles east to North Curtice Road and turn north. The park entrance is 3 miles ahead.
Maumee State Forest - Directions: From Whitehouse, the Forest Headquarters is located approximately 7 miles west on Henry County Road D.
Farnsworth Metropark - Directions: From Toledo, follow Interstate 475 to U.S. Route 24 on the southwest edge of the city. Take U.S. Route 24 approximately 6 miles south to the Roche de Bout area of Farnsworth Metropark, just south of Waterville.
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark - Directions: From Toledo, follow State Route 2 approximately 8 miles west to State Route 295. Turn south on State Route 295 and follow it just over 2 miles to Oak Openings Parkway.
Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve - Directions: From Toledo, follow U.S. Route 20 west to State Route 295. Turn south on State Route 295 and follow it 1 mile to Bancroft Road. Turn east on Bancroft Road and go 3 miles to the entrance on the south side of the road.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge / Crane Creek - Directions: From Toledo, follow State Route 2 approximately 15 miles east to the refuge entrance on the north side of the road.
Kitty Todd Preserve - Directions: From Toledo follow State Route 2 (Airport Highway) west towards the airport. Turn north on Eber Road. Take Eber until it dead-ends (1/2 mile) in to Old State Line rd.. Turn west and the entrance is 100 yard on the right.