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National Wildlife Refuge

black duck on water
14000 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH   43449
E-mail: ottawa@fws.gov
Phone Number: 419-898-0014
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The refuge protects important migratory habitat for songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl such as black ducks.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
A variety of environmental education programs is available both at the refuge and at off-site locations. Topics include wetlands, shorebirds, habitat, and endangered species. Many field trips are conducted on the refuge every year.

In cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Wildlife, controlled hunts are held for both white-tailed deer and waterfowl. Hunters apply for the hunts through the Division of Wildlife's application process in July and are assigned hunt dates and units through the same system.

A variety of opportunities to learn more about the refuge's natural resources is available. Many interpretive signs are located on the 7.5-mile hiking trail system. Guided walks are conducted at various times throughout the year. The refuge visitor center provides information on a variety of topics.

Wildlife Observation
The refuge offers a variety of seasonal opportunites to view many species of wildlife. May is the peak for warbler and other songbird viewing. May, July, and August offer a variety of shorebirds. April and October are peak months for waterfowl migration. Many tundra swans are seen throughout the winter. The refuge offers the highest numbers of bald eagles in Ohio. An auto tour is offered for special events and on a limited basis throughout the year. A schedule is posted on the refuge website. The 7.5 miles of hiking trails and specially scheduled auto tours offer a variety of locations to view a variety of wildlife.

Refuge Office - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Center - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday. Outdoor Facilities - Open dawn to dusk, year-round.

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee.

Use Fees
There is a $20 fee for a deer hunting permit for hunters chosen in the lottery drawing. Interagency Senior Pass and Access Pass holders are entitled to 1/2 price Use fees.
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