East Sandusky Bay Nature Preserve

East Sandusky Bay, Ohio. Photo: Darcy Kiefel
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Darcy Kiefel

Located between Cleveland and Toledo, East Sandusky Bay is a naturally functioning freshwater marsh along the Lake Erie shoreline. This irreplaceable resource, with its hardwood forest, woodland swamp, cattail marsh, and open-water habitat, is a prime location for bird watching and is home to nesting bald eagles. Within easy access to Cedar Point Amusement Park, the East Sandusky Bay Nature Preserve provides a sanctuary for relaxation and recreation. The Trust for Public Land worked with Erie MetroParks, the Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Nature Conservancy to create the 1,283-acre East Sandusky Bay Nature Preserve for public use and enjoyment. In 2012, The Trust for Public Land helped protect an additional 74 acres along the bay, protecting a three-mile continuous stretch of  environmentally diverse and sensitive wetland areas.

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