About the Refuge

About Cedar Point NWR

Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge is located in Lucas County in northwest Ohio. Established in 1964, the refuge provides stopover habitat for migratory birds within the historic Lake Erie marshes.

Cedar Point Refuge totals 2,445 acres of the historic Lake Erie marshes divided into three pools. The largest pool is almost 2,000 acres making it the largest contiguous marsh in the Lake Erie marshes. Managing the marshes provides a place for migratory birds to "refuel" during the arduous journeys between their nesting and wintering grounds. Formerly the Cedar Point Shooting Club, this property was donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1964.

Native millet and smartweed provide an excellent food source for migrating waterfowl. Some areas have plants above and below water that provide food and shelter for a host of wetland wildlife. Other areas provide shallow water full of insects 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.

Special Designations: 

  • Globally Important Bird Area through the American Bird Conservancy
  • Regionally Significant Site in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Refuge Contact Information:

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
14000 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449