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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Ohio Historical Marker

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

A feature of the Great Black Swamp

A dense swamp forest roughly the size of the state of Connecticut once stretched across this region of Ohio and Indiana. A remnant of ancient Lake Maumee, this dense, soggy flatland supported abundant waterflow and wildlife, but blocked travel and settlement and remained largely uninhabited until it was cleared and drained for agriculture between 1860 and 1885. This marsh and other scatter remnants are all that remain of the Great Black Swamp. Managed for a variety of wetland wildlife, Magee is one of the premier bird watching sites in North America, with more than 300 species.

The Ohio Bicentennial Commission
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The International Paper Company Foundation
The Ohio HIstorical Society
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