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Old Woman Creek empties into Lake Erie east of Huron in Erie County. Bald eages nest on the 573-acre reserve that is managed by federal and state agencies. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Canoes and kayaks are paddled through Old Woman Creek'se estuary and up the small creek near Huron in north-central Ohio. The put-in spot is near Lake Erie and a wild beach. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve near Huron includes 760 feet of a wild Lake Erie beach. Sometimes Old Woman Creek empties into the lake and sometimes it doesn't. The outlake to the lake may be sealed up by sand, wind and water. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The beach at Old Woman Creek covers 760 feet east of Huron. Sometimes the creek cannot flow into the lake because of wind and waves. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The Old Woman Creek estuary extends upstream about 1.3 miles and covers about 75 acres. You can view the estuary from an observation deck. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Kiosks provide visitors with information about Old Woman Creek. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Reserve and State Nature Preserve includes a visitor center-office complex near Huron in Ohio's Erie County. The 573-acre reserve is one of two federally designated estuaries on the Great Lakes. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)