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

    Jones Road
    Wellington, OH 44090


    Public Access

    Open daily, half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset


    Hiking Trails, Picnic Area, Outdoor Feeders

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 9'9.16"; W 82° 13'48.68

    Driving Directions

    From Wellington, take State Route 58 south, turning west onto Jone Road, then turning right onto the paved road leading to the parking lot.

    What to Look For

    Wellington Reservoir is known primarily for the large numbers of waterfowl that stop in fall migration. Nearly every species of diving duck can be seen, sometimes at one time. Massive numbers of American Coots and Ruddy Ducks also gather in late fall. Common Loons can be expected, especially in April and November. Osprey and Bald Eagles are regular visitors.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    All three scoter species occur regularly, as does Long-tailed Duck. Cackling Goose has been found on several occasions. Red-throated Loon is always possible in November, especially when large numbers of Common Loons are passing through.

    Natural Features

    On the south side of Jones Road, just opposite of the upground reservoir, is Lorain County Metro Parks’ Wellington Reservation. This 550-acre park was opened in 2005, and as of yet is not nearly as well known amongst birders as is the upground reservoir. But the reservation contains a diversity of habitats that are accessible by over four miles of trails, and also features a visitor’s center. This site is well worth a stop if you visit the reservoir.

    Local Resources

    Ohio Ornithological Society