About Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve

Old Woman Creek is protected as a State Nature Preserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve because it is one of Ohio’s best remaining examples of a natural estuary.Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve features a variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats: marshlands, open water, a barrier sand beach, upland forests and old crop fields in early plant succession. Excellent site for viewing American water lotus beds and bald eagles.As a transition zone between land and water, the estuary brings together many kinds of life. Attracted by the water supply and abundance of food and shelter, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects are drawn here.Lake Erie and its coastal zone are among Ohio’s most valuable natural resources. As the state’s once expansive coastal wetlands continue to disappear in the face of encroaching development, the preservation of these natural features becomes more critical.

Features & Amenities

Trail system (asphalt trail from the visitors center to the estuary is handicapped accessible)

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