The Friends of Old Woman Creek is a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness and appreciation for the uniqueness of the Old Woman Creek Estuary in Huron, Ohio.

To help OWC sustain its ecological integrity, FOWC funds research programs, educational events, stewardship, training programs, and internships at Old Woman Creek, a National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve. We are a 501(c)3 organization, tax ID# 31-1558031, and all donations are fully tax deductible.

About Old Woman Creek

The estuary at the mouth of Old Woman Creek, where the stream meets and mixes with Lake Erie, serves as an ecological line of defense. It filters out sediments and pollutants that flow off the land into the water.

This estuary provides important habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife and buffers the surrounding land from storms and floods.

More than 90% of Ohio’s historical wetlands have been lost to other land uses. Virtually all estuaries along the Lake Erie shore have been impacted by human development. Old Woman Creek Estuary is one of the last naturally-functioning estuaries along the 312-mile Ohio Lake Erie shoreline.

To learn more about the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve:

To learn more about the Old Woman Creek State Nature Preserve:


By becoming a Friend of Old Woman Creek you can make a difference in protecting this 572-acre preserve in Erie County.

Please consider joining us to help protect this Lake Erie watershed, its estuaries, shorelines and streams, in addition to volunteer opportunities and a discount in our Nature Shop.

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