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Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge- Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge was donated to the Service in 1964 and is closed to all other public use except fishing from June to August. The refuge's 2,445 acres are primarily marsh.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge- The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is a major nesting, feeding, and resting area for migrating birds. The preservation of a portion of the Lake Erie marshes is an important objective.
West Sister Island National Wildlife Refuge- West Sister Island is noted for having the largest heron / egret rookery in the Great Lakes. Great blue herons and great egrets comprise 65 percent of the nesters, followed by black-crowned night herons.

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Cedar Point NWR is a unit of the Ottawa National NWR.  Renowned birdwatching site!  Photo Public Domain
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Cedar Point NWR is a unit of the Ottawa National NWR. Renowned birdwatching site! Photo Public Domain
Description - Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of three refuges -- Cedar Point NWR, Ottawa NWR and West Sister Island NWR. Located in northwest Ohio, the complex protects and manages biological diverse habitat while offering an educational and recreational opportunity to the public.

Attractions - Ohio's National Wildlife Refuges protect three tracts that serve as a major feeding and nesting area for millions of migrating birds within portions of the historic Lake Erie marshes and Great Black Swamp habitats. More than 274 bird species are listed as commonly seen, while an additional 49 species are listed as rarely seen. The refuges have the reputation of being Ohio's premier birding spot during fall migration.

Ottawa NWR is open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk offering hiking trails, viewing blind, restrooms and handicapped accessibility. Cedar Point NWR is open to anglers during the summer months. West Sister Island NWR is restricted to research and education. Permits required.

Recreation - Wildlife viewing, nature photography, educational programs, hiking, fishing and hunting are the recreational opportunities available at Ohio's National Wildlife Refuges. The sites welcome professional, civic and student groups with advance notification.

Climate - Ohio has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. The northern region of the state receives average snowfall amounts of 55 inches. Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. Summer can be hot and humid with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees F. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September.

Location - Ohio's refuges are located on Lake Erie: West Sister Island is located in the southwestern basin of Lake Erie; Cedar Point is located northeast of Oregon; and Ottawa (most recreational opportunities) is located 15 miles east of Toledo.

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Contact Information:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, c/o Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 West State Route 2 , Oak Harbor, OH, 43449, Phone: 419-898-0014, Fax: 419-898-7895
, R3RW_OTW@fws.gov

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Ohio - This large mid eastern state lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie and immediately west of Pennsylvania. This is a predominantly rural state with population centers in the northeast, central and southwestern regions.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest District - Official agency website.


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