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Welcome to the Lake Erie Birding Trail

Tremendous numbers and diversity of migrant songbirds fill lakeside woodlands in spring and fall. Waterbirds galore pack marshes and the open lake waters, and interesting marsh birds breed in coastal wetlands. Winter brings hardy northern ducks, gulls, and raptors. There is never a dull season.

The sites included in the Lake Erie Birding Trail are the best of the best, and collectively nearly 400 species have been seen in these areas. There is a wealth of information for each site, and we hope that our trail helps to make your visit to Ohio and Lake Erie a bird-filled adventure!

The Lake Erie Birding Trail is divided into seven loops. The sites within each loop are similar in habitat type and landscape. You may choose to visit the entire trail in one trip or explore the trail loop by loop. For ease-of-use, this website is organized by loop.

Lake Erie Birding Trail Map Oak Openings Loop Western Lake Erie Marshes Loop Lake Erie Islands Loop Sandusky Bay Loop Huron & Lorain Loop Cleveland Area Loop Ashtabula Loop Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail Oak Openings Loop Western Lake Erie Marshes Loop Lake Erie Islands Loop Sandusky Bay Loop Huron & Lorain Loop Cleveland Area Loop Ashtabula Loop Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail Oak Openings Loop Western Lake Erie Marshes Loop Lake Erie Islands Loop Sandusky Bay Loop Huron & Lorain Loop Cleveland Area Loop Ashtabula Loop

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is charged with conserving and improving fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. The primary source of funding for wildlife management, education, and outreach in Ohio, including the Lake Erie Birding Trail website, comes from the sale of hunting and fishing license, federal excise taxes on hunting, fishing, and shooting equipment, and donations from the public. You can also purchase an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp to show your dedication to our state's future. Thank you for your support as we strive to balance the needs of wildlife, habitat, and people for everyone’s enjoyment.