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Huntington Reservation


This 102-acre Cleveland Metroparks site includes nearly a half-mile of Lake Erie shoreline, most of which is sand beach. Five breakwalls extend up to 350 feet into Lake Erie, and serve to protect the beach from erosion. A steep bluff overlooks the beach and lake, and provides a good lake-watch vista.

  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Local Resources
  • 32 - Huntington Reservation

    Cleveland Metroparks
    28728 Wolf Road
    Bay Village, OH 44140

    Public Access

    Open all day year-round


    Hiking Trails, Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Area

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 29’ 24.71”; W 81° 56’ 09.34”

    Driving Directions

    From I-90, take the Crocker Rd. exit, and go north on Crocker Rd. Turn left off Lake Rd. (U.S. Rte. 6) at Porter Creek Dr. in Bay Village.

    What to Look For

    The beach is always worth checking, but in the warmer months it is heavily used by people and often unproductive for birding. At other times, it may host shorebirds such as Ruddy Turnstone and Sanderling, and roosting gulls and terns. In fall migration, flocks of Canada Geese can stop, and it’s always worth checking their ranks for a Brant. Large numbers of migrant Bonaparte’s Gulls pass by on blustery days in November and December, and occasionally Little Gull and Black-legged Kittiwake are seen. Jaegers, most likely Pomarine Jaeger, are also possible. Huge numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers can also occur in late fall and early winter, and small groups of scoters are sometimes seen passing by.

    Like most lakefront locales, Huntington Reservation can also be a good hawk-watch site in the spring and fall. Decent numbers of Cooper’s, Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, and Sharp-shinned Hawks pass over when weather conditions are appropriate, as can sizeable kettles of Broad-winged Hawks. Many Turkey Vultures also migrate through, and they’re worth watching for a chance of spotting the ever-increasing Black Vulture.

    Shrubby areas and trees can host scores of migrant songbirds, including warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and thrushes.

    Local Resources

    Cleveland Metroparks
    Ohio Ornithological Society
    Positively Cleveland

    Nearby Lake Access

    Cahoon Memorial Park. This 116-acre park, which is mostly mowed grass with scattered trees, does offer nearly one half mile of Lake Erie access and can be a good lakewatch site. It is adjacent to Huntington Reservation, to the east.

    Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Located within Huntington Reservation, this 22,500 square foot facility is an excellent place to learn more about the natural history of the region, and is a must-see for visitors to the area.