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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 38 - Oberlin Reservoir

    43885 Parsons Road
    Oberlin, OH 44074


    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk


    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Picnic Area

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 28'21.25"; W 82° 10'30.31"

    Driving Directions

    From State Route 20, take the State Route 511 exit toward Oberlin. Turn left onto Elyria-Oberlin Road, then turn left onto Parsons Road.

    What to Look For

    Oberlin Reservoir is easily viewed from the top of the stairs that lead to the summit of the containment dike of this upground reservoir. From late fall until the reservoir freezes, huge numbers of waterfowl often congregate. Their ranks can include nearly every species of regularly occurring diver, as well as many species of dabbling ducks. Hundreds of Ruddy Ducks and American Coots often gather. Large numbers of Herring and Ring-billed gulls use the reservoir as a roosting site, and rarer species are sometimes found amongst them.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    Any of the three scoter species can occur, as well as Long-tailed Duck. Occasionally nasty early winter weather on Lake Erie pushes large numbers of gulls south of the lake, and huge numbers sometimes gather at this reservoir including species rarely seen away from Lake Erie in Ohio. There are records of Thayer’s, Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, Glaucous, and Great Black-backed gulls.

    Natural Features

    There is an interesting back road route from Oberlin Reservoir to Findley State Park that can produce interesting birding. See the Findley State Park section for additional information.