Dodge Woods Preserve

The Dodge Woods Preserve offers visitors 3.5 acres of natural wonder and beauty. Open to the public from dawn to dusk, the preserve also helps protect the natural habitats of South Bass Island for all to enjoy.

Dodge Woods Preserve Location

Located at the intersection of Langram and Thompson Road, the preserve is just a short walk from Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center, the Put-in-Bay airport, and the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. The Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos are an excellent lodging choice also close by.

Put-in-Bay may be known as a party destination but it is also a nature lovers paradise. Home to such important research facilities as Stone Laboratory and the Aquatic Visitor Center, South Bass Island also works to protect Lake Erie and her islands for future generations.

Purchased by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District with Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Grants with the matching funds coming from the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, the John Ladd family, and John Dodge, Dodge Woods is an amazing example of all the environmental good being done of the island.

Dodge Woods Preserve Details

This preserve includes a charming nature trail that winds through the forest. Well marked and covered with wood chips, the trail loops around the entire park and is also easily accessible to those of all fitness levels.

A bicycle rack, bench, brochure rack and donation box are all planned for future installation at the trailhead. Other updates are planned adjacent to the bicycle path. This also includes places for visitors to rest while biking throughout the island. This preserve is strictly for hiking, nature photography, bird watching and scientific study. You cannot camp at the Dodge Woods Preserve, nor can you bring in motorized vehicles.

Dodge Woods Preserve is considered a young forest. A team of dedicated volunteers and nature lovers work to maintain this former vineyard. As a result to their efforts, the flora is finally flourishing at a rapid pace.

Tree Species at Dodge Woods Preserve

  • Black Walnut
  • Common Hackberry
  • Black Cherry
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Wild Grape
  • Mulberry
  • Eastern Red Cedar
  • Recently Planted Conifers
  • Fruit Trees
  • Herbaceous Plants
  • Sedges

Wildflowers

  • Virginia Waterleaf
  • Bloodroot
  • Wild Leeks
  • False Solomon’s Seal
  • Buttercups
  • Enchanted Nightshade
  • Tall Bellflower
  • Short’s Aster
  • Goldenrod

Thanks to the diverse habitat, birds also often stop here during spring migration. Additionally, this is a wonderful spot for bird watching. Keep an eye out for interesting species like the The Eastern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpine gloydi), a state species of concern.

The Lake Erie Water Snake also makes his home in this part of the island. Non-poisonous, do not confront these snakes anyway as they can be very curious.