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  • 53 - Pickerel Creek State Wildlife Area

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
    3451 County Road 256
    Vickery, OH 43464


    Public Access

    Limited public access from mid-August to December 1; open all day the rest of the year


    Wildlife Observation Window

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41º 26'0.23"; W 82º 57'39.70"

    Driving Directions

    From Fremont, drive about 7 miles east on ST 6. To reach the headquarters, turn lefy (north) on CR 256. Follow this road to the headquarters parking area. From the west side of Sandusky, take SR 6 west about 9 miles to this area. From Castalia, take SR 269 north to SR 6, then take SR 6 west to this area; a total distance of about 8 miles.

    What to Look For

    Shorebirds and herons are star attractions at Pickerel Creek, and mid-summer through fall are the best times to visit. Many a rarity has turned up on the area, which harbors some of the best remaining marshes along Sandusky Bay. Great finds include Tricolored Heron, Eurasian Wigeon, and White-faced Ibis. Depending on water levels, large shorebird concentrations can be present and all of Ohio's regularly occurring species may be expected. Rarer shorebirds have included Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits, Red-necked Phalarope, Whimbrel, and Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Lots of migrant waterfowl pass through in spring, peaking in March, and a good variety of marsh birds breed. Noteworthy among the latter group are Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, Virginia Rail, and some years possibly King Rail and Least Bittern.

    Natural Features

    Rare and spectacular prairie fringed orchids (Platanthera leucophaea) occur in the area, and bloom in June.