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  • Noteworthy Rarities
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  • 49 - Pipe Creek State Wildlife Area

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
    River Avenue, off of Cedar Point Drive
    Sandusky, OH

    419.424.5000

    Public Access

    Limited public access from Sept 1 through mid-Jan, open to the public rest of the year

    Amenities

    None

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41°27'8.58", W 82°39'59.63"

    Driving Directions

    Turn north off Cleveland Road (U.S. Route 6) at Cedar Point Drive. Turn right at River Avenue (just after McDonald’s restaurant). River Avenue ends at unmarked F Street, where Pipe Creek's small grassy parking lot is on the right-hand side.

    What to Look For

    Pipe Creek was constructed in the early 1990s as a mitigation site for wetlands destroyed by development elsewhere. A series of dikes radiate out from a central hub and create four triangular cells that collectively total 97 acres, and jut into the waters of Sandusky Bay. The wildlife area has proven to be a hotspot for shorebirds, herons, waterfowl, and other waterbirds and is productive at all seasons, excepting perhaps the dead of winter. If mudflat conditions are good, a later summer or early fall visit can net a dozen or more species of shorebirds./p>

    Noteworthy Rarities

    Numerous rarities have turned up, including the second Ohio record of Black-bellied Whistling-Duck in 2010. Less rarities such as Tricolored Heron, Marbled Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope, and Nelson's Sparrow have also been recorded.