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Grand River State Wildlife Area
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The Grand River State Wildlife Area in Ohio is a sprawling haven for outdoor enthusiasts, encompassing approximately 7,500 acres of diverse habitats. With its proximity to the Grand River, the area provides an ideal refuge for a wide variety of plant and animal species. Visitors can indulge in activities such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, and hunting, as well as enjoy the breathtaking beauty of rolling meadows, dense woodlands, and scenic river vistas. From its vibrant wildlife to its tranquil landscapes, the Grand River State Wildlife Area offers a captivating experience for nature lovers seeking solace in Ohio's natural wonders.
History of the Area
The Grand River State Wildlife Area is located in northeastern Ohio and spans over 7,200 acres in Lake County. It is situated along the banks of the scenic Grand River, after which it is named. The area has a rich history that dates back to the early European settlement of the region.

Prior to European settlement, Native American tribes such as the Erie, Ottawa, Seneca, and Iroquois inhabited the region. They relied on the abundant natural resources, including the Grand River, for sustenance and transportation.

In the late 1700s, European settlers began to establish communities along the Grand River. These early settlers utilized the river for mills and farming, recognizing its valuable agricultural potential. As the population grew, the demand for agriculture and industrial development put pressure on the area's natural resources.

In the 1900s, the Grand River State Wildlife Area began to take shape. In 1959, the Ohio Division of Wildlife initiated the purchase of several properties along the river to establish a wildlife management area. Over time, additional lands were acquired, and the area was designated as a state wildlife area in 1995.

The purpose of the wildlife area is to provide habitat for various wildlife species, including waterfowl, songbirds, mammals, and fish. It also serves as a recreational destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife photography.

The Grand River State Wildlife Area features diverse ecosystems, including wetlands, floodplains, woodlands, and meadows. These habitats support a variety of plant and animal species, making it an important ecological area in Ohio.

Ongoing conservation efforts have aimed to restore and maintain the health of the Grand River's ecosystem within the wildlife area. This includes managing invasive species, controlling water levels, and implementing wildlife population monitoring.

The Grand River State Wildlife Area is a testament to the importance of preserving and protecting natural habitats for future generations to enjoy. Its history reflects the changing human attitudes towards conservation and the recognition of the value of wildlife and natural spaces in Ohio.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 27 Ticks by fesll3
park review stars; one to five Nice hunting area just be sure to remove the ticks during warm weather. Was there Memorial day and had to remove 10 blood sucking ticks.
September 21 Only wish we had more of these!! by Lrobinson
park review stars; one to five Thanks for allowing hunting here. I enjoyed my day! Looking forward to hunting season.
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3001 Hague Road
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15560 Mayfield Road
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Kool Lakes Family Campground
12990 Nelson Ledge Road
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Area Fishing Related Businesses
Causeway Sporting Goods
2233 Greenville Rd
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(330) 637-7076
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7100 Hoagland Blackstub Rd
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(330) 637-2512
Captain Dan's
2252 Greenville Rd
Cortland, OH
(330) 393-3604
Area Cabins and Lodges
River Pines Recreational Village
17000 Main Market Rd
Parkman, OH
(440) 548-8819
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The Grand River State Wildlife Area is located in northeastern Ohio. To reach the wildlife area from Interstate 90, take the OH-528 exit and head south. Continue on OH-528 for approximately 7 miles until you reach the wildlife area, which will be on your right.

If you are coming from the south on OH-528, continue driving north until you reach the Grand River State Wildlife Area, which will be on your left.

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