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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
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  • 35 - Miller Road Park

    City of Avon Lake
    33570 Lake Road
    Avon Lake, OH 44012


    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk


    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 30'13.23"; W 82° 3'36.99"

    Driving Directions

    I-90 West to State Route 611. Turn right on State Route 611 and right on Miller Road. At U.S. Route 6 (Lake Road) turn right, then turn left into the parking area at Miller Park.

    What to Look For

    Because of warm water releases from the neighboring power plant, a sizeable section of Lake Erie adjacent to Miller Park does not freeze in winter. This open water area can be fabulous for gulls and waterfowl when the lake is otherwise iced over. Winter is definitely the season to bird Miller Park, although large numbers of migrant Red-breasted Mergansers, Bonaparte’s Gulls, and occasional scoters and other ducks can be seen passing by in late fall. When all else is covered with ice, the opening off Miller Park can teem with Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Canvasback, Greater Scaup and other hardy fowl. Thousands of gulls often congregate, mostly Herring and Ring-billed gulls, but rarer species are usually present as well.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    Miller Road often produces Glaucous, Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, and Thayer’s gulls, and sometimes multiples of each. Pomarine Jaegers have occurred on a number of occasions, and Snowy Owls sometimes turn up on the breakwalls. Purple Sandpipers are probably annual on the breakwalls behind the power plant. Northern Gannet has been recorded here several times, and one of Ohio’s few records of Barrow’s Goldeneye comes from this spot.