Description - West Sister Island National Wildlife Refuge is located in the western basin of Lake Erie. It is jointly owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge manages the area as a wilderness area.
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West Sister Island NWR
- Tall hackberry trees with an understory of abundant poison ivy 12 feet tall dominate most of the island. Great solomon's seal reaches 7-9 feet in height and a great variety of ferns, wildflowers, mushrooms and other plant life abound. The island is composed of glacial fill over a limestone shelf. West Sister Island is noted for having the largest heron / egret rookery in the Great Lakes.
Recreation - Public use is restricted to research and education.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
West Sister Island is located in the southwestern basin of Lake Erie.