The West Harbor Landing Improvement Project
West Harbor Landing is a 16 acre parcel that was purchased by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service from the Bradley family in 2016. It is located on Catawba Island, about 4 miles east of Port Clinton, Ohio. Much of the acreage is marshland. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends have worked to improve the remaining land to include pollinator habitat and visitor amenities including a fishing platform/observation deck, canoe/kayak launch, benches, and signage. The parking lot was also paved to further increase access.
• Raised $10,000 for pollinator habitat.
• A beautiful stone wall was installed
• These landscaped pollinator gardens are attractive to people and wildlife!
• 12'x16' Fishing Platform / Observation Deck
• ADA accessible sidewalk, parking space, and paved parking lot
• Gazebo / Shade Structure
• Canoe / Kayak Launch
• Information Kiosk
• United States Fish and Wildlife Service
• National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
• Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
• Otto and Urban Landscaping/Greenhouse
• Catawba Island Garden Club
• Catawba Island Park District
This community development project will benefit so many people in the Catawba community. An average of 10,000 people travel the busy stretch of highway each day as ferry transportation to the Lake Erie Islands is located on the tip of Catawba Island. Having the West Harbor site open to the public will mean that people will learn about the importance of marshes and pollinator habitat, and gain a new appreciation for our area through outdoor recreation.
The Refuge operates under the knowledge that connecting children to conservation supports their growth into stewards of tomorrow. YOUR support to fund the West Harbor Landing will help to ensure the realization of this goal.
Known as the "Bucket Lady" by neighbors, Catawba Island Garden Club President Suzanne Richard has been working hard to help to enhance the West Harbor Landing property.
"As President of Catawba Island Garden Club it became clear that the membership and the community is excited about the Catawba Island West Harbor Landing Project. This project offers the rare "Trifecta" benefiting individuals, the community and wildlife