Welcome to the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association!

Purple Martin Picture - Audobon SocietyThe Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association is an organization dedicated to helping the Purple Martins feed, breed, and interact with the environment to the best of their bird ability. We’re happy to have them in Portage Lakes,  Ohio and do our best to make them feel welcome.

Many groups help us in our objectives. We have a large number of gourd homes maintained by our members.

Buckeye MartinFest 2019

  • feed the birds when the weather is inclement and they’re unable to fend for themselves
  • we band them when appropriate
  • we have a number of activities and lectures throughout the year.

Benefits for members include opportunities to help us educate the public about the Purple Martins of the Portage Lakes, what they do for us and how we encourage public enjoyment of these beautiful birds.

Portage Lakes Advisory CouncilA very special THANK YOU to the Portage Lakes Advisory Council (PLAC) for their generous contribution to Portage Lakes Purple Martins
Association recently. Their contribution will assist in our providing educational opportunities to schools, organizations and the general public.  We sincerely appreciate their support!

Twilight Boat Ride Purple Martin Migration Tour

Twilight Boat Rides On NimisilaEvery year from August through mid-September tens of thousands of Purple Martins flock to our very own Nimisila Reservoir in Green Ohio, to settle in the reeds overnight as they prepare for migration back to South America. The PLPMA offers Twilight Boat Rides every evening from early August through Labor Day to experience this wonder of nature. Cost is $35 per person and Reservations are REQUIRED.

Our two-hour narrated tour will include the history of Nimisila with opportunities to see Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Cormorants, and many other birds and wildlife who call the area home. Nimisila offers spectacular sunsets for you to enjoy as you wait for the birds to gather. The aerial show is something you really need to see.

For any booking questions or problems, please call or text Greer Langkamp, PLPMA Secretary at 330-388-6820 or email at gmkabb@gmail.com

Adopt A Nest Fundraiser

$50 per Nest

Adopt a Purple Martin Family!

We’ll randomly assign you a specific nest at our State Mill Park site. You can win FUN prizes for things like First Nest With an Egg, Most Eggs in a Nest & more. Come check your nest and feed the birds every Sunday at 2:00 pm. 


We are VERY GLAD to have seen all of you at Buckeye Martinfest! There were OVER 250 PEOPLE in attendance throughout the 3 hour event. Many thanks to all who participated in helping get our birds banded! We were able to band over 100 birds!

We hope to see you soon on one of our Twilight Boat Rides! Sign up is above.
HURRY! Seats are selling fast. 
PLPMA – We Make Memories

Buckeye Maritnfest
Gather at the Lakes Event Venue

Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association Meeting

Second Tuesday of every month
 6:30pm @ Gather at the Lakes

*Optional Dinner at 5:00 pm @Lala’s*

4315 Manchester Road | New Franklin, OH  44319

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Twilight Boat Ride Migration Tour
Support PLPMA with ACME Fresh Market

You do not need to be a member to collect for PLPMA!

Community Cashback $$$ are shown at the bottom of your receipts and reflect Acme brand purchases.

Collect and mail your ACME receipts to:
Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association
P.O. Box 19197 | Akron, OH 44319

How To Feed Purple Martins

Purple Martin Scrambled Egg Recipe