The Shelby Black Fork Wetlands, is a hidden treasure, with a stunning wildflower display that has to be seen to believe. Carpets of Great White Trillium, Virginia Bluebells, and Wild Hyacinth festoon the forest floor, sharing the area with over 30 species of spring, ephemeral wildflowers. The property contains river oxbows, vernal pools, and swamp forests, as well as drier upland habitats, and the Black Fork River. The plant and wildlife diversity, located in this natural history gem, is simply incredible.
Shelby’s Reservoir provides a scenic and serene location within the city. Controlled fishing is allowed in the stocked reservoir, and over 50 acres of surface water offers the perfect place for rowboats, canoes, paddleboats, and electric-motor watercraft. Hike the over 3-mile wooded nature trail or walk the 1.25-mile paved surface surrounding the reservoir. Great location for cross country skiing and sledding.
The Shelby Black Fork Wetlands are located adjacent to Shelby Reservoir No. 3, which is located northeast of the city of Shelby on London West Road. From the city of Shelby, take OH-61 north to London West Road. Turn east (right) on London West Road. The entrance to the reservoir is about a half-mile east of OH-61. No fee. Permitted watercraft, 6 am – 10 pm daily. Trails open year-round. www.shelbyohio.org