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Ohio
Ohio
Southeast Ohio Region
Southeast Ohio Region
Monroe Lake State Wildlife Area
Monroe Lake State Wildlife Area
MONROE LAKE STATE WILDLIFE AREA
MONROE LAKE STATE WILDLIFE AREA
This 1,333-acre wildlife area lies on both sides of State Route 800, five miles north of Woodsfield. The area headquarters and dam are readily accessible from State Route 800. County and township roads provide access to other portions of the area from State Routes 800 and 145.

The rolling to steep topography is typical of this unglaciated region of Ohio. Thirty-six percent of the land is covered by woodland; of this total, 55 percent is sawlog-size stands and 45 percent in pole-size stands. Brushland comprises 35 percent of the area, openland 25 percent. Broad open ridges are under cultivation. Steep wooded slopes descend to the narrow valley floor, on which the 39-acre Monroe Lake is impounded.
History of the Area
Purchasing of land for a public hunting and fishing area began in 1955. Monroe Lake was completed in 1957.

Management work has included improvement of existing woodlands, selective release cutting of brushlands, planting of conifers, addition of squirrel and wood duck nest boxes, and maintenance of existing open fields based on land capacity. Crop rotations and contour strip cropping patterns have been developed to improve food and cover conditions for wildlife.
Fishing
Monroe Lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, channel and brown bullhead catfish, and bluegills. Fox and gray squirrels, cottontail rabbit, and raccoon are the principal upland game and furbearing species, with lesser numbers of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer, skunk, opossum, and muskrat. All furbearers common to the region occur on the area. Various species of waterfowl and shorebirds use the water and adjacent habitat as resting areas during migration. Wood ducks are year-round residents. A variety of songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects also occur on the area in association with the mixture of diverse habitat types.


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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 2 family has been camping here 23yrs by ness racing #18
my dad,mom and other family have hunted and fished,camped her for 23yrs now i am starting to give the same memories to my three kids i love and value this park.we travel 4.5 hours one way and its worth it to us even thow there is no electric,water or bathrooms


Area Campgrounds
Shadow Lake Campground
34847 CR 2
Woodsfield, OH
740-472-1530
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Haven Inn the Hills - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
78.8 miles from park*
Area Resources
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
80.4 miles from park*

USA Parks
USA Parks
Ohio
Ohio
Southeast Ohio Region
Southeast Ohio Region
Monroe Lake State Wildlife Area
Monroe Lake State Wildlife Area