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Columbus, OH 43229-6693
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399 Portage Lakes Dr
Akron, OH 44319
W 081 32.048'
Remnant of a larger tamarack swamp
Portage Lakes Wetland is primarily a tall shrub sphagnum bog community dominated by speckled alder and arrowwood.
This wet basin is too wet to enter without ankle-high boots and it is difficult to walk through the thick shrubs.
Some of the rare species found growing here include swamp birch, tamarack, alder-leaved buckthorn and smooth gooseberry.
Located south of Akron. From the junction of I-277 and State Route 93, proceed south on State Route 93 to Portage Lakes Drive (County Road 75). Proceed east approximately 1 mile; park at the Kiwanis Senior Center on the west side of the road. The preserve can be accessed from this parking lot.
Nature Preserve Map
Preserve Rules & Regulations
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Permit Only Preserves
Preserves Open to the Public
Application For An Access Permit
Access Permit Form (pdf)