This large reservation plays host to kayakers, anglers, birdwatchers, hikers, sledders and picnickers. The site also features the Benjamin Bacon Museum and Carriage Barn at Mill Hollow. During museum hours, you can walk through the original settler Benjamin Bacon’s house, built in 1845. The museum features themes of daily living with an emphasis on the community life in Brownhelm, including the profound effect the railroad had on the economy and people’s lives.

Kayaking: The Vermilion River Reservation is part of the Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail.

Fishing: Anglers will find rock bass, smallmouth bass and steelhead trout in the Vermilion River and catfish, crappie and bass in the ponds.

Birding: The Vermilion River Reservation is known as a habitat for bald eagles and several other wildlife. These magnificent creatures can be seen almost daily at Mill Hollow, perched in one of the tall trees near the center of the park. Local wildlife sightings include Great Blue Heron, Greenback Heron and various geese and ducks. The Reservation is an impressive riparian woodland and field habitat mixture with a wide range of nesting, migrating, and wintering birds.

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