A shallow, food-rich ecosystem encompassing the entire west end of lake Erie.

Ornithological Summary

A very important site for non-breeding waterfowl, with typical wintering groups of tens of thousands of diving ducks and Tundra Swans. Provides roosting and foraging habitat, and is part of the lower Detroit River/Lake St. Clair ecosystem supporting a globally significant assemblage of wintering waterfowl.

Conservation Issues

Invasive species (fish, molluscs) are likely the top threat, with wind power and pollution secondary concerns.


Public ownership.


Open water of Lake Erie.

Land Use

Extremely varied land use, from commercial fishing to recreational boating, industrial power generation, to wildlife conservation.

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