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Near Huron in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Woman Creek

A Feature of Ohio’s Estuaries

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
1. Old Woman Creek Marker
Inscription.  Old Woman Creek is one of the few naturally functioning estuary environments—places where chemically-distinct bodies of water meet and mix—left in the western basin of Lake Erie. This ecosystem features diverse habitats of marshlands, sand beaches, and upland forests, supporting plants and animals unique to natural coastal communities. Nearly 300 bird species (including bald eagles), 40 fish species, and hundreds of native plants have been recorded in the area. Old Woman Creek is Ohio’s only national estuarine sanctuary and became a state nature preserve in 1980.
 
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the International Paper Company Foundation and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-39.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 23.018′ N, 82° 30.893′ W. Marker is near Huron, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on Cleveland Road (U.S. 6)
Old Woman Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
2. Old Woman Creek Marker
0.4 miles west of Huron Drive, on the left when traveling east. It is just before the bridge over Old Woman Creek. The turnoff is not well signed. There is a small round blue sign reading “Old Woman Creek Estuary — Keep it Clean” on the fence. There a few spaces of parking past the gate. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huron OH 44839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Meeker Farm / Old Homestead-on-the-Lake (approx. 1.4 miles away); Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. 2.1 miles away); Huron Block House (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. 2.1 miles away); Huron Lighthouses / Huron’s Maritime History (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. 2.1 miles away); John Baptiste Flemmond (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huron.
 
More about this marker. The marker is in a small, disconnected corner of the Old Woman Creek Estuary State Nature Preserve. The turnoff to the preserve’s visitors center and hiking trails is half a mile east, on the right. Well worth the visit. No charge to enter.
 
Also see . . .  Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. Visitors Center is at this address: 2514 Cleveland Road East, Huron, OH 44839. Excerpt: “An estuary is traditionally defined as that place where the land's fresh waters meet and mix with the saltwater of the sea and where water levels are affected by tides.
Old Woman Creek Barrier Beach image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
3. Old Woman Creek Barrier Beach
This secluded beach is just a few steps from the marker. There is parking for maybe half-a-dozen cars. On a weekday in high season (August) around noon there was no one else there.
Lake Erie is actually a freshwater inland sea. Although salt concentration or salinity is not a factor here, the waters of the lake and Old Woman Creek combine in the estuary to form a third type of water, chemically different from that of either the creek or lake.” (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas
 
Old Woman Creek, near Huron Ohio image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
4. Old Woman Creek, near Huron Ohio
The banks and islands of the estuary are forested. This view is from one of the trails.
Old Woman Creek Estuary, near Huron Ohio image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
5. Old Woman Creek Estuary, near Huron Ohio
Water lilies cover the dark waters of the estuary.
Old Woman Creek Estuary, near Huron Ohio image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
6. Old Woman Creek Estuary, near Huron Ohio
The interpretive panel shows a map of the estuary and reads,
At this site the waters of Lake Erie combine with Old Woman Creek to form a third type of water, chemically different from that of either creek or lake. — A gift from the Garden Club of Sandusky, 1986.
 

More. Search the internet for Old Woman Creek.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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