Birding at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve

Carey, Ohio

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Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve

General Information


12250 Township Rd 24, Carey, OH 43316



DeLorme Page Number and Coordinates

(7th Edition and earlier) Page 37, D 5-6

Nearest Town or City

3.5 miles north of Carey, Ohio.

Directions from Nearest Town or City

From Carey, drive north on US 23 for about 5 miles. Turn left (west) on Township Road 24, just before reaching the little town of Springville, and continue west. After crossing the railroad tracks, look for the entrance and parking lot on your left.

About Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve

Springville Marsh is an unequaled nature preserve in northwestern Ohio. This area of over 200 acres is the largest inland wetland in this part of the state. The sedge meadows, shrubby thickets and vast areas of cattail marsh provide excellent opportunities to observe wildlife. A boardwalk trail system connects to an observation tower and wildlife blind which overlooks one of the larger cattail marshes in the preserve. The boardwalk does not have kick rails and therefore it is recommended that users in wheelchairs not attempt to use this trail alone. Early morning or evening is the best time for birding. A bird-banding station is run on weekends from mid-March through mid-November. Check the bulletin board at the marsh for dates and times.

Visiting Information

Closed hours/season

Open all year during daylight hours.

Parking Areas

At entrance.


None required, but visitors must stay on the trails and boardwalk.

Restroom Facilities


Harmful Insects, Poisonous Plants, or Animals

Mosquitoes, deer flies, and ticks.

Restaurants in the Area

Fast food and other choices can be found in Carey.

Birds of Interest by Season


Sparrows; rarely rails and shrikes.


Most of the expected migrants.


Flycatchers, Marsh Wrens, Swamp Sparrows, Sora and Virginia rails.


Migrants; large flock of blackbirds including an occasional Yellow-headed.

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