Visitor Activities

Visitor Activities at Cedar Point NWR

Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge offers selected visitor activities including fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, and interpretation.

  • Fishing

    Two borrow pits are available for fishing May 1 through August 31. Areas open to fishing are marked with signs, please do not fish in areas with closed signs. Bass and sunfish are the main species caught in this area. A boat access allows for the use of non-motorized craft or fishing is available along the bank, and state regulations apply.

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  • Hunting

    Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge draws large concentrations of both dabbling and diving ducks to its extensive marshes and lake shoreline. Public waterfowl hunting is available along the Lake Erie shoreline below the high-water mark and access is available by boat only. Deer hunting occurs on two units with opportunities for youth and archery hunters. Permits are issued via the lottery for these controlled hunts. Information on lottery hunts is available through the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    If you are birding in the area, the fishing access parking lot is one place you should include on your trip. There are tall cottonwoods and shrubby areas that provide views of a number of bird species. Bus tours are available during certain times of the year. Check the calendar of events for dates. Tours can be scheduled through the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

  • Photography

    Wildlife photography is allowed through special guided tours scheduled through Ottawa Refuge visitor center. Photographers may catch a rare glimpse of nesting black terns or sandhill cranes while watching numerous herons and egrets forage in the shallow marsh.

  • Interpretation

    National wildlife refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Staff-led programs and tours help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitats behind the landscapes. Cedar Point Refuge provides a number of events that highlight a variety of opportunities throughout the year. Programs and events are free, geared for youth and adults, and provide a range of opportunities that maximize first-hand experiences on the refuge. Contact the refuge for more information about upcoming programs (419-898-0014 or ottawa@fws.gov).