USFWS increases public access at Ottawa Wildlife Refuge

Jun 24, 2020 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is opening recreational access to the state connector trail and boardwalk at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is working with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and has a phased approach to safely increase rapid access to refuge lands and facilities.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge has reopened public access to the boardwalk, Estuary Trail, Pool 1 seasonal trail, Partnership Trail, Gallagher Trail and Woodies Roost Trail. The boardwalk will be limited to one-way travel

More than 12 miles of trails are available for hiking and the eight-mile wildlife drive is open on weekends from sunrise to sunset. Paddling and fishing are available at Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge and West Harbor Landing..

Still closed are the visitor center, public restrooms and Wildlife Window. A return to full operations at Ottawa Refuge will be phased in by Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health and local public health officials.

Visitors are urged to do their part when visiting Ottawa Refuge and follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others; washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and, most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

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