NORTH AREA OF STEINEN WILDLIFE AREA CLOSED
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East Sandusky Bay MetroPark
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Community Foundation at Eagle Point
The Eagle Point area provides countless opportunities to enjoy nature from birdwatching, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, and more! Designated as a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail, this park offers excellent birding year around and can be extraordinary during the spring migration.
The Observation Deck is the perfect place to catch the best views of American Bald Eagles soaring over the bay, as well as numerous ducks and other water birds. This area is a vital portion of freshwater marshland along Ohio’s northern coastline and offers visitors an excellent site for viewing wildlife.
Through the extensive trail system at this location you will find the mouth of Plum Brook and its backwaters that form the greater part of the preserve’s wetland area. The woods harbor with a wide variety of wildlife including whitetail deer, fox squirrels, and coyote. Nesting among the mature trees are great horned owls and redtail hawks. You may also discover The Coop; a refurbished chicken coop that is now utilized for nature programming and group camping.
Erie Metro Live Steamers is a nonprofit group that promotes railroad history, railroad safety, railroad education and the live steam community. The club operates an ever-growing layout of 7.5-inch gauge track and has scheduled about ten public runs per year. Find out more at www.eriemetrolivesteamers.com
Also located within the Eagle Point area is the Enchanted Cottage which features a beautiful deck overlooking Plum Brook. Multiple public programs are held at The Enchanted Cottage and it is also available to the public by reservation for children’s themed parties.
This feature of East Sandusky Bay MetroPark was renovated with grant monies provided by ODNR Nature Works.
Joseph Steinen Wildlife Area
The Joseph Steinen Wildlife Area, one of several key protected natural areas along the southern shoreline of Lake Erie, is part of East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. This 155-acre natural area protects an extraordinary freshwater marsh and uplands rich in critical wildlife food and cover.
Year-round local inhabitants such as American Bald Eagles and White-tailed Deer depend upon the uplands and marshlands for food and shelter during harsh Ohio winters. In cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, youth hunting and trapping is permitted at Steinen Wildlife Area on a lottery basis.
The Steinen Wildlife Area acquisition was made possible through partnership effort in 2003 between the Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Erie MetroParks, local landowners and community leaders, the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, along with Senator Mike Dewine and State Representative Marcy Kaptur.
Putnam Marsh, is located within East Sandusky Bay MetroPark near Cedar Point Amusement Park and is greatly influenced by the level of adjacent Lake Erie. A majority of the preserve is usually underwater. The 966-acre preserve is a protected natural area because of its importance as one of the last undeveloped naturally functioning marshes on the southern Lake Erie shoreline and it is a critical habitat area for plants and animals. Several rare plant species, including the American Lotus, the endangered Engelmann’s spike-rush and Tuckerman’s panic-grass have been found in the preserve.
This marsh is also renowned for its abundant waterfowl, including Tundra Swans in spring and fall. It is also an important stopping site for migratory song birds as they make their long trek across Lake Erie.
Putnam Marsh Nature Preserve acquisition was made possible through partnership in 2003 between the Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Erie MetroParks, local landowners and community leaders, the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, and The Mildred Andrews Fund..
Wyandot Wetland & Barnes Addition
The 84 acre Wyandot Wetland Meadows Preserve along with the 74 acre Barnes Addition, make up the eastern most parcel of the East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. The majority of Wyandot’s acres have been reclaimed from row-crop farmland to native prairie meadow vegetation. The northern portion of the property includes a narrow strip of woods.
In 2012, 74 acres of marsh and wetlands called the Barnes Addition were added to Wyandot Wetlands Meadow Preserve. Together with the ODNR’s Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve to the east and Wyandot Wetlands Meadows Preserve and Putnam Marsh to the west, this addition is part of a three-mile continuous stretch of coastal wetlands bordering the bay.
The Wyandot Wetland Meadows Preserve acquisition was made possible through partnership effort with the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, which is administered by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management. The Barnes Addition acquisition was made possible through partnership efforts with Ohio Department of Natural Resources and The Trust for Public Land.
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