National Wildlife Refuge
|14000 W. State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
Phone Number: 419-898-0014
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Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge was donated to the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1964 by the owners of the Cedar Point Shooting Club. Currently, the refuge consists of 2,445 acres of marsh, divided into three pools. The largest pool, almost 2,000 acres, is the largest contiguous marsh in Ohio's Lake Erie marshes.
Most of the refuge is closed to the public, however, a fishing area is open from June - August. The refuge is managed by staff at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in Oak Harbor.
Getting There . . .
To reach the fishing access, turn north on Yondota Road off of State Route 2. Yondota Road is located three miles east of the Oregon city limits or 9 miles east of I-280. Travel 2 miles north from St. Rt. 2 on Yondota. The fishing access is at the end of an approximately 1/2-mile entrance road that turns to the left off of Yondota road.
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The management focus of the refuge is to provide stopover habitat for migratory birds. The refuge provides a place for migratory birds to "refuel" during the arduous journeys between their nesting and wintering grounds. This is accomplished by managing 2,445 acres of the historic Lake Erie marshes.
The refuge is broken into three separate pools. A series of dikes has been constructed to allow for water level control. Water levels are maintained at various depths to provide the best habitats for migrating birds. Native millet and smartweed provide an excellent food source for migrating waterfowl. Some areas provide emergent and submergent plants for a host of wetland wildlife, and other areas provide shallow water for spring and fall shorebird migrations.
Each year the refuge battles invasive plants on the dikes and in wetland areas using a variety of methods. The refuge uses a biological program to control purple loosestrife using introduced Galerucella species beetles. The refuge staff and volunteers, through regularly scheduled surveys, monitor waterfowl, shorebirds, neotropical migrants, raptors, and other resident wildlife. These surveys are conducted to monitor numbers as well as establish population trends, thus guiding management activities on the refuge.