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  • At-A-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 1 - Conneaut Harbor

    Conneaut Port Authority
    1201 Broad Street
    Conneaut, OH 44030


    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk


    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Visitors Center

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 58'1.27"; W 80° 33'12.36"

    Driving Directions

    Take I-90 east to State Route 7. Follow State Route 7 north to Broad Street. Continue north on Broad Street. Follow signs to marina.

    What to Look For

    The harbor of Conneaut is one of Lake Erie's legendary birding hotspots. Scores of rarities have been found here over the years, and good numbers and diversity of more common migrants routinely occur.

    The most productive birding is probably from mid-summer until early winter, with the first southbound shorebirds kicking off the parade. By early July, plovers and sandpipers are already appearing; probably birds who failed in their nesting attempt in high Arctic breeding grounds. This may be the best spot on Lake Erie to catch up with a Whimbrel.

    As fall rolls into winter, large numbers of gulls can concentrate in the harbor, and rare species often are found within these flocks. Conneaut also attracts lots of ducks of many species. Snowy Owls turn up in many winters, and can be seen perched on rock breakwalls around the harbor. Watch for Snow Buntings around the parking lots.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    The list of rare birds is lengthy, and includes Brant, both Brown and American White Pelicans, Piping Plover, Red Phalarope, Purple Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, California Gull, at least two jaeger species, and Le Conte's Sparrow. Almost anything can drop into Conneaut Harbor, and the long list of rarities is sure to grow in coming years.

    Natural Features

    The beach immediately to the west of the harbor supports interesting and rare beach plants. These species include Inland Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus), Seaside Spurge (Chamaesyce polygonifolia), American Beach Grass (Ammophila breviligulata), and Inland Sea Rocket (Cakile edentula).

    Local Resources

    Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Conneaut Board of Tourism

    Nearby Lake Access

    Conneaut Township Park. A 60-acre site just west of Conneaut Harbor, on the north side of State Route 531. Good numbers of migrant songbirds can be found in the park's trees, and this site can be excellent for hawk-watching in March and April.