HURON Ohioans are encouraged to join Division of Wildlife staff, guest naturalists, and scientists for fun-filled and free educational explorations of Old Woman Creek, a unique and valuable protected Lake Erie estuary.
Visit and learn about the reserve's new tree swallow nest box grid, search for owls on a night hike, roll up your sleeves and remove invasive plants, or explore the estuary and its environs through a guided hike, canoe tour, or nature sketch class.
Every river or creek in northern Ohio that flows directly into Lake Erie has an area near its mouth where lake and stream water meet and mix. This mixing area is called an estuary.
Estuaries such as Old Woman Creek protect the health of Lake Erie by removing sediments and pollutants in the water flowing through them. These valuable ecosystems help to buffer uplands from flooding and protect coastal communities from severe storms. Home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants, estuaries are essential to $680 million fishing and nearly $6 billion tourism industries along Ohio's Lake Erie coast. Human decisions and actions throughout the watershed impact estuaries, our Great Lake, and ultimately the region's economy.