About the Refuge
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie. The refuge was established in 1961 to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species.
Much of Ottawa Refuge and the surrounding lands were once part of the Great Black Swamp. The 1,500 square mile Great Black Swamp was a vast network of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. The refuge manages about 6,500 acres of wetland, grassland, and wooded habitat. It provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It provides a place for people to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities and learn about the complexities of the natural world through education and interpretive programming. The refuge adds to the richness of the community by holding in trust a portion of the natural heritage of the Great Lakes ecosystem for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Our Primary Purposes:
- Protect, restore, and manage wetlands
- Provide resting, nesting, feeding, and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds
- Protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats
- Provide for biodiversity
- Globally Important Bird Area through the American Bird Conservancy
- Important Bird Area through Audubon Ohio
- Regionally Significant Site in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Contact us by phone, U.S. mail, or e-mail:
Phone: 419-898-0014; V/TTY: 1-800-750-0750
14000 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449