Conesville Coal Lands

Conesville Coal Lands

Coshocton, Ohio 43812

Official Website
Conesville Coal Lands map

Tips for Birding

No eBird hotspots have been established for the Conesville Coal Lands in Muskingum County. If you visit this section, please suggest a hotspot.

Many Ohio birders have made the trip to Conesville Coal Lands in hopes of hearing Ruffed Grouse drumming. Ohio’s Ruffed Grouse population has been declining steadily for decades now. The Conesville Coal Lands are a reclaimed mining area. Unlike some of the reclaimed areas further south in Ohio that feature large grasslands, this area is heavily wooded with many streams and ponds.

Birds of Interest

Ruffed Grouse

About this Location

The Conesville Coal Lands is a 10,635-acre public hunting and fishing area located five miles southeast of Coshocton, Ohio in Coshocton and Muskingum counties. The area provides over 100 lakes and ponds for fishing and an Equine Trail Area. The area is managed by American Electric Power (AEP). Camping is for horse owners only with a 3-day limit. A free recreational user permit is required.

It is the recreational users’ responsibility to know and respect the boundaries of this area and have all the licenses and permits needed while hunting, fishing, etc. in this area. All recreational users will be expected to respect the rights of private property owners in the area.

All recreational users are reminded that the rules and regulations for AEP’s Recreation areas apply, as well as all of the state fishing and wildlife regulations. Driving off-road in this area is not permitted. No ATVs are permitted.


  • Restrooms on site

Content from Official Website and Jon Cefus, Ohio Ornithological Society East Central Regional Director