Proposed Changes to Fishing Program

Press Release

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge    

14000 West State Route 2

Oak Harbor, OH  43449


May 6, 2019

Contact:  Eddy Pausch,  419-898-0014 ext 31,

Ottawa NWR Proposes Changes to Fishing Program

Hunting on national wildlife refuges is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting across the country. Here in the midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome sportswomen and men of all backgrounds and abilities to experience challenging hunting in amazing places. Here are some highlights of hunting on National Wildlife Refuge System lands.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s fishing program and is seeking public comment on the changes. The last update to the Ottawa fishing program was 1985.

The proposed changes include:

Units open to fishing include the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Pond, Radar Ditch and Crane Creek, Ottawa/Magee Borrow Ponds, Metzger Marsh, Helle Unit, Knorn Unit, Turtle Creek Unit, West Harbor Unit, and Burmeister Unit and the Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge Fishing Pond.


You are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the Draft Fishing Plan, Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Compatibility Determination. The documents are available beginning May 6, 2019 for 30 days.

Draft documents are available from the refuge office at 14000 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449. Alternatively, you can contact the refuge at 419-898-0014 or to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex Draft Fishing Plan

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Draft Compatibility Determination

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Draft Environmental Assessment

There will be an open house on May 18, 2018 from 9 am to noon at 14000 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH. This is an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with refuge staff and to provide your comments on the draft plans. You can also submit comments to the refuge by mail 14000 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449 or email

Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes, and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing where it is compatible with refuge purposes. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions. 


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