Birding at Mosquito Lake State Park

Cortland, Ohio

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Mosquito Lake State Park

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1439 OH-305, Cortland, OH 44410



Nearest Town or City

Cortland, Ohio.

Directions from Nearest Town or City

From Cortland, head southwest out of town on 305. After driving across the Mosquito Lake dam, take next right into the main entrance of the park.

About Mosquito Lake State Park

The state park covers the southern half of Mosquito Lake (south of Denman Road). The main attraction is waterfowl during fall through spring (depending on ice), which are best observed off the causeway or at the southern end near the dam. Keep an eye out for Long-tailed Ducks, scoters, Red-throated Loons and unusual grebes. The woodlot immediately west of the dam hosts Red-headed Woodpeckers year-round. Although most birders spend the majority of their time birding the north end of the lake within the Wildlife Area, many rarities are found at the south end including Western Grebe and Brant.

Visiting Information

Closed hours/season

Open all year during daylight hours.

Parking Areas

There are numerous parking areas throughout the park.



Restroom Facilities

Restrooms are located at the beach area, campgrounds and the east end of the causeway (Route 88). They may be seasonal so do not rely on them in the winter.

Harmful Insects, Poisonous Plants, or Animals

Poison Ivy, mosquitoes, ticks, etc.

Restaurants in the Area

Head into Cortland or head south on Elm Road for typical fast food chains.

Other Birding Spots in the Area

Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, Grand River Wildlife Area.

Birds of Interest by Season


When there’s open water, waterfowl numbers can be good. Snow Buntings are annual on the causeway (Route 88). Bald Eagles.


Spring migrants.


Red-headed Woodpeckers, Purple Martins and other common breeding species. Bald Eagles.



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