A Birder's Paradise

Year round bird watching near Lake Erie.
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Pearson

There’s always something to do at Pearson.

From birding to baseball to picnicking and fishing, there’s something for everyone at Pearson. This Metropark is one of the last remaining stands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of northwest Ohio. Activities abound. And examples of work done by the depression-era programs are all around you.

A beautiful way to spend the day.

Purple cress, spring beauties, trillium, wild ginger and wild geranium bloom in spring. The thick woods and location close to Lake Erie make Pearson a favorite stopover for a wide variety of migrating birds. Buildings, shelters, bridges, ponds and a garden with a waterfall were built by workers enrolled in the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps.

Activities and attractions include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, fishing, a playground, ice skating and sledding and the Black Swamp Cabin.

About three miles of trails criscross this 624-acre park—trails that often provide remarkable access to the best birding anywhere. Millions of migrating birds cross Lake Erie each spring and fall, often massing on the shore when conditions for crossing are unfavorable. Forest birds nest here in the summer and the feeding station at the Nature Center attracts flocks of birds for the winter, making Pearson a year round birding destination.

Restoration at its Finest

Metroparks officials want to restore wetlands to Pearson to recapture northwest Ohio's history as the Black Swamp.
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Pearson Bike Trail

Enjoy this 3 mile, all-purpose, loop trail.
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Pearson Playground

You may love this playground as much as your kids!
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Kids Can Fish for Trout at Pearson Saturday

The Ohio Division of Wildlife will stock rainbow trout in Pearson Lake just in time for the holiday weekend. Saturday, April 15, will be reserved for kids under 16. After that, all ages are welcome to fish.

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Whooo’s Nesting?

The “Tiger of the Woods,” more commonly known as the great-horned owl, is our earliest nesting bird in Ohio. Measuring approximately 20-25 inches tall (the female larger than the male), with a wingspan of about 5 feet, it is also Ohio’s largest resident owl and one very fierce predator.

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