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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
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  • 75 - Metzger Marsh State Wildlife Area

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
    Bono Road, off Route 2


    Public Access

    Open all day, year-round


    Hiking Trails, Handicap Accessible Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 39'1.44"; W 83° 14'16.97"

    Driving Directions

    From Toledo, take State Route 2 due east for about 15 miles. Just as SR 2 bends to the right, turn left on the road signposted for Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area.

    What to Look For

    This 558-acre wildlife area's dominant feature is an expansive deepwater mixed-emergent marsh. Huge numbers and diversity of waterfowl often congregate in migration, including dozens of Tundra Swans, every species of regularly occurring dabbling duck, and most of the diving ducks. Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhen, and numerous herons and egrets are usually conspicuous. When water levels drop, vast mudflats form and attract lage numbers of shorebirds. As many as 20 Bald Eagles can be seen at a time and Rough-legged Hawk and other raptors often hunt over the marsh in winter. A tiny patch of woods at the northern terminus of the road that borders the marsh's western edge often harbors a spectacular diversity of migrant songbirds in migration.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    A reliable spot for Yellow-headed Blackbird; some years several territorial males can be seen. A Tricolored Heron was present for an extended period in May 2011. One of only two Ohio records of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was found here in December 1990.