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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

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14000 W State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449-9485
+1 419-898-0014
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Man what a ride!!!

Besides the lovely trail and grounds here, we took the auto tour! There were many birds to see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
cooley25
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Joliet, Illinois
Love Stopping Here During the Biggest Week in American Birding

We always make time to walk the trails for birds here. Not just the field trails, but those in the... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
retiredandlovinit
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Baden, PA
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This 8,000-acre refuge is home to hawks and other wetland birds.
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  • Average4%
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14000 W State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449-9485
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+1 419-898-0014
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"bald eagles"
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"magee marsh"
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"hiking trails"
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"great hiking"
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"right next door"
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"observation deck"
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"wild wings"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Besides the lovely trail and grounds here, we took the auto tour! There were many birds to see here right from the car. We were especially astounded by the SWANS!!!!!

Thank cooley25
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

We always make time to walk the trails for birds here. Not just the field trails, but those in the woods also. Saw a Bald Eagle sitting in a tree quite close. It's wings sounded like a machine when it flew off. The Visitor Center...More

Thank retiredandlovinit
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

We enjoyed the walk around the refuge and an exceptionally good visitors center with lots of history.

Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We stumble on this place while searching for bald eagles in Ohio on the internet. We saw they offered tours and decided to turn it into a weekend trip. The tour was 2 1/2 hours of bald eagles, ducks, swans and other birds, Muscat huts...More

1  Thank Blooms2
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

This place is a very well kept national wildlife refuge. There are trails well laid out especially the one out the back door of the visitor center. Visitor center is great with a few displays, gift shop and restrooms. You can drive through refuge or...More

Thank SharonB231
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Ottawa Wildlife Refuge provides an excellent opportunity to view a variety of ecosystems located on the shores of Lake Erie. Well kept/marked trails will guide you through the refuge. The nature center provides information to enable your visit. Visit any season, you will not...More

Thank LEOhio
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

We walked around a gravelly path next to fields and saw egrets and herons in the lagoon. There's a first class visitor's center in the front of this national wildlife area.

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) which has been bought and paid for with money from the sales of Federal Duck Stamps. This NWR that is located in northern Ohio along the coast of Lake Erie near Oak Harbor. It was established for the...More

1  Thank BluegooseTraveler
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Great visitor center and gift shop. Great info. Tour of grounds only open on weekends and we visited on Thursday.

Thank Becky M
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

We have been to Oak Harbor many times, but had never been to the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge. What a pleasant surprise. They have a really nice visitor center with a small gift shop, rest rooms, and a nice observation deck. From the observation deck, we...More

1  Thank Julie H
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