Mohican River Wildlife Area

Mohican River Wildlife Area

Gann, Ohio 43014

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The Mohican River Wildlife Area spans two counties. The western sections are in Knox County and the eastern section is in Coshocton County. See the map for the location of the county lines.

About this Location

The 474-acre Mohican River Wildlife Area, in east-central Ohio, consists of two separate units approximately 5.5 miles apart on the lower reaches of the Mohican River. The 121-acre upstream unit is at the village of Brinkhaven and is readily accessible from OH-62. The lower unit, 353 acres in size, lies about one mile south of the village of Cavallo on Tiverton Township Road 368.

A mixture of woods, reverting old fields, and cropland occupies the river valley bottomlands and hillsides of these two units. The upland woods are predominantly oak-hickory. Elm, ash, silver maple, and sycamore are common species bordering the Mohican River. Index of Ohio’s trees from the Division of Forestry. The stretch of Mohican River which flows through the wildlife area averages over 100 feet wide and is comprised of relatively long, moderately deep pools with occasional riffles.

Most of the land was acquired from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in 1958. Additional tracts acquired during the 1960s brought the wildlife area to its present size. The Mohican River Wildlife Area was acquired to provide angler access to the Mohican River. Hunting is also available.

Management work has included the protection and improvement of shrubby coverts and permanent grasslands and maintenance of small portions of open bottomland by cropland management. In 1966, a primitive boat launching ramp and parking lot were developed at the Brinkhaven unit.

The Mohican River supports a good stream fishery. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, suckers, and catfish are the chief species sought by anglers.

Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and gray and fox squirrels are the principal forest game species. Cottontail rabbit and woodchuck occupy the more heavily managed cropland, brushland, and old field areas. Furbearers common to the area are those typical of eastern Ohio.

Wood duck, mallard, teal, black duck, Canada geese, and other waterfowl may be found along the river, but mostly as migrants. A variety of songbirds are found on the area in association with the diverse mixture of habitat types.


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