Description - Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge is a unit of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge is 2,500 acres in size and is entirely marsh except for the dikes and a few acres of remnant beach covered with hardwoods. The dike system with its associated electric pumps, isolates the marsh from the adjacent Lake Erie and divides Cedar Point NWR into three pools. All pools are predominantly cattail, bulrush, and other emergent vegetation. The refuge provides habitat for migrating waterfowl and other marsh and water birds. Up to 70 percent of the Mississippi Flyway population of black ducks can be found in the Lake Erie marshes during the fall migration.
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Cedar Point NWR is a unit of the Ottawa National NWR. Renowned birdwatching site! Photo Public Domain
- The refuge provides habitat for migrating waterfowl and nesting habitat for a variety of birds
including the bald eagle. Herons and egrets use the area for feeding. A 15-acre pond near Yondota Road gate is open for fishing from dawn to dusk during the summer months.
This area was formerly a large waterfowl hunting club and the refuge was established in the mid 1960s when the hunting club donated the land to the Fish and Wildlife Service to form the refuge.
Recreation - Fishing is permitted each year from June to August.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods 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. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
Cedar Point NWR is located on the Lake Erie shoreline northeast of Oregon, Ohio, (near Toledo, Ohio).