Trailblazer | 542 pts
Magee Marsh is a favorite spot for us. It's nestled in prime birdwatching territory in Ottawa County along the shore of Lake Erie. Today we walked the trail behind the Visitor Center. It's an easy walk that's about 1/2 mile long on the western loop we took. It's a natural trail, but it's reasonably level with no steep inclines or declines. I'd say it's safe for anyone with disabilities as long as the trail is dry. It looks like it would be muddy after a good rain. The loop takes you around a marshy pond which offers some lovely views. We were a little early in the year to see too many birds, but we did see some swans and Canada geese along the trail. There's an observation deck
which would have offered a great view of the area, but it's closed due to instability now.
Once we finished the trail, we checked out the Visitor Center which has taxidermy displays of many of the creatures you'll see there. The center also has decent restrooms.
We left the Visitor Center and drove further back to see the rest of the park. There's a really nice boardwalk you can access off the back parking lot. I'll upload photos of that later on. I'm including photos of the two eagles nests that are visible at either end of the lots. We did see a couple eagles flying around, but we didn't capture any good photos of them this trip. We also got to see a screech owl's nest. The little guy was in there according to other bird watchers with the right equipment to see him.
There are several other trails at Magee, but some are still closed from the winter season. I'll eventually post photos for those too. All in all, this area is a must-visit location for anyone who is into bird watching. Ottawa National Wildlife Preserve, Cedar Point Sanctuary, and Howard Marsh are all along this same stretch of OH State Rt. 2, and they make this area one of the biggest birdwatching attractions during the spring migration in May, especially for warblers, shore birds, raptors, swans and geese.