Birding at Findlay Reservoirs #1 and #2

Findlay, Ohio

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Findlay Reservoirs #1 and #2

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CR 205 east of Findlay, Ohio.



DeLorme Page Number and Coordinates

(7th Edition and earlier) pp 36/37, D4 and 46/47, A4.

Nearest Town or City

Five miles southeast of center of Findlay, Ohio.

Directions from Nearest Town or City

Both Findlay reservoirs are southeast of Findlay. They can be reached by traveling 2.5 miles southeast from Findlay on State Route 37 to Hancock County Road 205, proceeding east one mile to County Road 234, north to Township Road 207, then east to the boat ramp on Reservoir 2. Reservoir 1 can be reached by continuing on County Road 205 one mile east past County Road 234.

About Findlay Reservoirs #1 and #2

These are two upground reservoirs with well-groomed walking roads on top.

Visiting Information

Closed hours/season

Open all year during daylight hours.

Parking Areas

Available at both car ramps, south on #1, west on #2, and at four stair areas around #2.



Restroom Facilities

Portable, at side ramp area of #2.

Restaurants in the Area

Many along SR 224 north of the reservoirs at east edge of Findlay, and east of the shopping center and or Kathy’s in Arcadia on SR 12 east. (They don’t mind if one comes in rain-soaked and with muddy boots).

Other Birding Spots in the Area

Riverbend Recreation Area is north of the reservoirs. In recent years because of the addition of Disc Golf, horseback riding, skiing in the winter, lots of picnics, historical enactments, etc., there have not been a lot of birds in migration.

Instead, most reports of migrating woodland birds are coming from the west side of I-75 in Oakwoods Nature Preserve on TR 144, DeLorme page 36, D3, and Litzenberg Farm Park, US 224 west, DeLorme page 36, D2. Litzenberg is open all year, north of US 224, but the south side of the park, south of US 224, is closed during all hunting seasons.

Birds of Interest by Season


Perhaps snow buntings, horned larks, eagles.


Waterfowl and shorebirds in migration.


Very little, except shorebirds in migration, immature eagles learning to feed.


Waterfowl and shorebirds in migration.

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