Birding at Lakeshore Reservation

Perry, Ohio

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Lake Shore Reservation Metropolitan Park

General Information


Perry, OH 44081



DeLorme Page Number and Coordinates

(7th Edition and earlier) 32 B2-3

Nearest Town or City

8 Miles east of Painesville, Ohio.

Directions from Nearest Town or City

Take Rte 2 east from Painesville, Rte 2 will end and will merge to Rte 20. Take rte 20 east 4.5 miles to Antioch Road. Take Antioch Road north till it dead ends at the park entrance.

About Lakeshore Reservation

Lakeshore Reservation is 83.94 acres in size. The park property was once a series of home sites. The habitat is a mix of small woods, shrub habitat, and coniferous stands. There is an abundance of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. A series of paved and unpaved trails crisscross the park. The bluffs overlooking Lake Erie are excellent for viewing spring and fall waterbird flights. In the spring songbird migration is often intense, and hawk flights are possible.

Visiting Information

Closed hours/season

Open all year during daylight hours.

Parking Areas

Two parking areas are present.



Restroom Facilities

A heated bathroom is at the west end of the park and porta-potties are at the east end.

Harmful Insects, Poisonous Plants, or Animals

Poison Ivy.

Restaurants in the Area

Restaurants are available in Madison. Madison is 3 miles east on Rte 20.

Other Birding Spots in the Area

Headlands Beach State Park, Fairport Harbor (both 5 miles west).

Birds of Interest by Season


When the lake is open, it is an excellent area to watch passing ducks and gulls. The numerous conifer stands, alders, and fruit-bearing shrubs attract winter finches (in season).


During southwest winds, strong movements of songbirds can be seen.


The numerous conifers attract occasional nesting siskins, purple finches, and red-breasted nuthatches. Pine and Blackburnian warblers have also nested.


This is one of the better areas in northeast Ohio for watching passing waterbirds. The bluffs provide excellent viewing. Songbird migration can also be excellent.

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