Great Egret Marsh Preserve
Great Egret Marsh Preserve
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The 150-acre Great Egret Marsh Preserve boasts classic Lake Erie marshland, blanketed each summer with water lotus and teaming with wildlife. The preserve is a haven for waterfowl and wading birds - including great egrets, which can often be found feeding in the area's shallow waters. Visitors will find opportunities for bird-watching, fishing, hiking, kayaking and canoeing.
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Cynthia W
Freeland, MI751 contributions
May 2022
Not sure why someone has a Magee Marsh Image at this review site. Each are about 40 min. away from each other. This is a preserve for wildlife. Not very friendly for people. Views of the water have overgrown sometime ago. Near the entrance of East Harbor State Park, NOT just outside the entrance as the internet states. Address: is 1000 N. Buck Rd, Lakseside Marblehead. There is no parking at that address, it is around the corner on the next road. Parking for approx.. 10 cars. Not big enough for RV’s to turn around in. We walked about ¼ of a mile. It leads you to believe you are walking around a water/pond area when in fact it is just full of phragmites and weeds. . I’m sure at some time there is a bit of water but, it does not hold water year round. I was there the last week of May and it was dry, even after we had 3 days of rain. It is not a place I will be going back to. Not really a place to view shore birds or flying water birds and definitely not a place for viewing warblers. Nice to have areas like this for the wildlife, but this is not a place I will be bringing my friends or family. No restrooms, No picnic area, no seating, viewing of water is far from the paths and decks have overgrown shrubs and trees in front of them.
Written 25 May 2022
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delily
Ohio809 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Under the watchful eyes of the Nature Conservancy, the preserve covers more than 150 acres of marshland. An easy 1.2 mile loop trail can be hiked. In addition to hiking, other activities enjoyed in the Preserve include bird watching, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. It is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is FREE.

The Preserve is a haven for waterfowl. As soon as we entered we spotted an egret and a heron standing in a bog beside the road. Though we stopped right beside it, the egret didn’t move. I rolled down my window to take a photo. It was the closest I have ever been to such a majestic bird.

The preserve was quiet and uncrowded even on Memorial Day when other nearby parks were busy. It was a wonderful place to visit. The visitor center was closed when we were there, but that didn’t keep us from walking a couple of the paths and enjoying the views and wildlife which included a large snapping turtle, an eagle and purple martins raising their brood in a white, gourd-like apartment complex designed especially for these winged creatures.

Allow an hour to drive through and stop and view some of the wildlife. 2-3 hours if you want to take your time hiking the loop trail and visit the visitors center.
Written 8 June 2019
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SocioKathy
Ohio250 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
This is a free park that you can visit during your stay exploring the Lake Erie islands. The Marsh Preserve is home to many different species of local birds which attracts bird watchers from all over the nation. Pleasant walk and great way to get some exercise while being in nature.
Written 9 November 2016
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Paul S
Marion1,565 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Great Egret Marsh Preserve is just west of hwy 269 on Buck Road in Lakeside ( turn left at the ice cream place before the state park entrance) yet most people miss it on the way to the ferry, shops, the light house, or other area attractions. Unlike most of those other attractions, however, Great Egret Marsh is free and uncrowded. Scientists believe the marsh was once the outlet for the Portage River, which now empties into the lake further west in Port Clinton. It is now a nature preserve with a loop trail. It is not multi surface, but is even and flat so a stroller or wheelchair could navigate it. There are canoe/kayak launch sites and scenic overlooks along the path. We literally gave up trying to count the egrets on the mud flats and startled some well hidden herons. Saw lots of other birds as well but not another person during our entire visit.
Written 2 August 2016
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