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  • 60 - Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve

    State Route 163
    Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

    Public Access

    Open all day year-round



    GPS Coordinates

    N 41º 30'55.60"; W 82º 56'88.56"

    Driving Directions

    State Route 2 to State Route 163 (Perry Street)

    What to Look For

    The Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve was acquired in 2009, and is contiguous with Port Clinton City Beach to the east and Waterworks Park to the west. Collectively, these three sites protect over 3/4 of a mile of lakefront beach and associated habitats. The beach is always worth investigating for shorebirds, gulls, terns, and waterfowl. Piping Plover has turned up, and Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, and many other species of plovers and sandpipers can be expected. Large numbers of diving ducks often gather offshore, and any of the three scoter species can turn up. Sizeable flocks of Canada Geese often forage on the beach in late fall, and these flocks should be checked for Brant. Well-vegetated back areas of the beach are worth searching for migrant sparrows, including rare Le Conte's and Nelson's sparrows, in October.