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Cedar Meadow Preserve

 

Cedar Meadow's location on Catawba Island, which is a peninsula that juts into Lake Erie, makes it an excellent spot for migratory songbirds that are preparing to cross the lake in spring, or have just made the crossing in fall.

  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Local Resources
  • 59 - Cedar Meadow Preserve

    Black Swamp Conservancy
    4730 E. Cemetery Road
    Port Clinton, OH 43452

    419.797.2684

    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk

    Amenities

    Hiking Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 33'23.57"; W 82° 50'36.86

    Driving Directions

    From State Route 2, exit onto Southeast Catawba Road/State Route 53 toward Catawba Island. Turn left onto East Cemetery Road.

    What to Look For

    The 62 acres that encompass this preserve were acquired in 2005 by Catawba Island Township, with help from the Clean Ohio Fund and the Black Swamp Conservancy. The property is a mosaic of successional fields, mature woodland, shrub zones, and wetlands. It’s location on Catawba Island, which is a peninsula that juts into Lake Erie, makes Cedar Meadow an excellent spot for migratory songbirds that are preparing to cross the lake in spring, or have just made the crossing in fall. Nearly every species of regularly occurring migrant songbird could be expected given the preserve’s diversity of habitat, and as more birders discover this site an impressive species list should be accumulated. Cedar Meadow is only minutes from the ferry dock that services the Bass islands and is a worthwhile stop before or after visiting the islands.

    Local Resources

    Lake Erie Shores & Islands
    Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce

    Nearby Lake Access Sites

    Catawba Island State Park. A ten-acre site situated on the west side of Catawba Island. Good views of Lake Erie can be had, and there is a 400 foot beach that sometimes attracts shorebirds, terns, and gulls. Located at the west end of East Moore's Dock Road, about 1/3rd mile west of NW Catawba Road.