Known as a prime spot for visitors to witness spring migration, the wildlife area will remain open from sunrise to sunset. Currently, the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area boardwalk is open and posted as one-way travel starting at the west entrance.
However, due to the number of people who visit the boardwalk each spring and the current social distancing guidelines, the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area boardwalk will be closed from April 17 to May 31, 2021
The rest of the area will remain open, and during this time, a new trail will be open near the boardwalk to provide more areas for birding. (Revised map showing new birding trails on the area coming soon!) The Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center and Black Swamp Bird Observatory center will also remain closed until further notice.
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory Team would like to thank our friends and partners at the Ohio Division of Wildlife
for the incredible amount of time and thought they put into making this decision. It's abundantly clear in all of our communications that our state wildlife agency values birding as an important outdoor experience and the birding community as an important group of stakeholders.
We'd also like to remind birders that while the boardwalk is a sensational experience, the rest of Magee Marsh is fabulous for birding! The adjacent Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
, nearby Howard Metropark
, and all of our local, county, and state parks in the area, offer amazing birding experiences as well