East Sandusky Bay Nature Preserve

Canoeing East Sandusky Bay in OhioCanoeing at East Sandusky BayPhoto credit: 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.

Explore our work

Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.