Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve

Located in Huron, Ohio on the south-central shore of Lake Erie, Old Woman Creek is one of the state's few remaining examples of a natural estuary. As a transition zone between land and water, the site contains a variety of habitats including marshes and swamps, upland forests, open water, tributary streams, barrier beach and near shore Lake Erie. The Reserve supports a diverse assemblage of native plants and animals representative of freshwater estuaries.

The 2+ miles pedestrian only trail system winds through an oak-hickory forest to an observation deck overlooking the estuary and through several other habitats. Beach access is also provided at the north side of the Reserve.

2514 Cleveland Road East, Huron  419-433-4601  

Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

This 465-acre nature preserve is one of Lake Erie’s “hidden” jewels. Sheldon Marsh can rival just about any spot on the lakefront for numbers and diversity of birds. Spring and fall migration can bring scores of songbirds, including the possibility of all 37 species of warblers that occur annually in Ohio.

A flat paved road for walking provides easy access to Sheldon's habitats and Lake Erie. The road is about a mile long and terminates at the lake. There are a few observation platforms along the way that overlook the marsh. A short boardwalk near the road's end offers access to the mile long barrier beach. This beach is always worth scanning, as gulls, terns, and shorebirds often roost on its sands.

2715 Cleveland Road West, Huron