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  • 52 - Willow Point State Wildlife Area

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
    Wahl Road, off of U.S. Route 6
    Sandusky, OH

    419.684.7483

    Public Access

    Open all day year-round

    Amenities

    None

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41º 26'25.12"; W 82º 52'19.37"

    Driving Directions

    From U.S. Route 6, go west on Wahl Road (Erie County Road 35).

    What to Look For

    This 645-acre wildlife area juts into Sandusky Bay, and features an extensive marsh protected by a system of dikes. Willow Point originally was conserved as a private duck club, and was acquired by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in 1975. Large numbers of waterfowl gather in migration, especially dabbling ducks. This is a good spot to search through American Wigeon in March and April for the much rarer Eurasian Wigeon. A good variety of marsh birds occurs, including herons, rails, Marsh Wren, and sometimes Yellow-headed Blackbird. There are numerous Bald Eagles in the area, and winter counts on adjacent Sandusky Bay sometimes total 40 or more birds.

    Natural Features

    Much of the south shore of Sandusky Bay was prairie prior to European settlement and subsequent changes in land use. Evidence of this prairie's past can still be seen. Plants such as prairie cord grass (Spartina pectinata) occur in wet areas, and better drained sites can harbor Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), and big bluestem (Andropogon geradii).