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  • 56 - Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
    Alexander Pike, off State Route 163
    on the Marblehead Peninsula

    419.445.1775

    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 31'1.48"; W 82° 43'38.38"

    Driving Directions

    Located in Ottawa County south of Marblehead on the Marblehead Peninsula on the east side of Alexander Pike (Township Road 142), 0.5 mile south of SR 163.

    What to Look For

    This 19-acre preserve was established to protect one of the rarest plants in the U.S., the federally-threatened Lakeside daisy. Although the preserve looks like a rough, rocky lunar landscape, it is painted in yellow in May when the daisies bloom. There are many other rare plants in the preserve, too. Birding can be surprisingly good in migration, as Lake Erie is less than one mile away. Fallouts of songbirds are of regular occurrence in the trees along Alexander Pike, and sometimes large numbers of birds are observed dropping into the trees at dawn in September migration. The open vistas from the preserve are great for hawk-watching, especially in fall, and Merlin, Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle, and other raptors can be expected.

    Natural Features

    In addition to the Lakeside daisy, at least 14 other species of state-listed rare plants have been found in the preserve. One of the more interesting of these, the tiny Great Plains ladies'-tresses orchid (Spiranthes magnicamporum) blooms during the peak of fall songbird migration.

    A nearby site that is well worth a visit is Meadowbrook Marsh. This 33-acre parcel features wetlands and large trees, and can be a great spot for migrant songbirds. Various herons and waterfowl use the marsh and open water areas. From Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve: Head south on Alexander Pike, the turn right (west) on East Bayshore Road. Proceed about three miles and the parking lot will be on the right (north) side of the road. Website: Danbury Township.