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Campbell (Louis W.) State Nature Preserve

Preserving 211 acres in Lucas County

A microcosm of the botanically significant Oak Openings region in northwest Ohio, Lou Campbell State Nature Preserve is home to more than 30 state-listed species. High quality habitats include wet sedge meadows, swamp forest, sand dunes, sand barrens prairie and oak openings.

Rare wildflowers seen here include wild lupine, grass-pink orchid, spathulate-leaved sundew, soapwort gentian, plains puccoon and Missouri ironweed.

The varieties of habitat provide a number of landscapes for endangered wildife including the frosted elfin and harvester butterflies.

The preserve honors Louis W. (Lou) Campbell, a well-known Toledo naturalist and outdoor writer.

Local Directions

Located east of the Toledo Express Airport along Crissey Road, south of State Route 2.

Special Features

Bird Watching
Summer Wildflowers

  • Remnant of Oak Openings region
  • Variety of rare plants
  • summer wildflowers
  • butterflies


Observation Area

  • 2.3 loop trail
  • kiosk and parking lot
  • Site recently opened to the public

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