The Friends of Magee Marsh is engaged in a fundraising effort to renovate the famous Magee Marsh Boardwalk. The boardwalk is located on the shore of Lake Erie near Oak Harbor. More than 80,000 people visit Magee Marsh, listed as one of the top ten birding hotspots in the country, during spring migration. This location and environs have been dubbed “The Warbler Capital of the World.” The influx of birders to the area means millions of dollars spent at Northwest Ohio businesses.
The boardwalk is 25 years old and falling into disrepair. The Friends of Magee Marsh is conducting a campaign to raise $300,000 to refurbish the boardwalk. The funds will allow them to replace the decking and rails, stabilize the tower, and make other improvements to ensure the boardwalk remains open to the public.
The Friends group has given $25,000 to get the project started. Phase One is underway and will be complete by April 1. All work will stop during peak migration. Phase Two will commence June 1. During the renovation most of the boardwalk will remain accessible.
The Friends of Magee Marsh is asking for your support with this endeavor. Donation envelopes can be found at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Additionally, donations can be made via a PayPal button on their website, www.friendsofmageemarsh.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofmageemarsh.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Refuge is located on State Route 2, 17 miles west of Port Clinton. GPS coordinates to the boardwalk are 41.63N and 83.19W.