Grand River Wildlife Area--Stroups Hickox Rd. Ponds

About Grand River Wildlife Area

The Grand River Wildlife Area is in northeast Ohio, just east of West Farmington. OH-88 bisects the area in an east-west direction, and OH-534 borders the area on the west. Trumbull CR-217, CR-213, and CR-233 run parallel to OH-534 through the area.

The 7,453-acre area is flat to gently rolling. Twelve ponds, numerous beaver impoundments, and over thirty constructed marshes can be found here. The Grand River and five tributary streams meander through the wildlife area, subjecting much of it to flooding during heavy rains and spring thaws. About 46 percent of the area is second-growth hardwoods, 49 percent is open land, cropland, and brushland, and 5 percent is wetland and water.

Purchase of land for this wildlife area began in 1956. A portion of the purchased land was cropland; today, much of it is in crop rotation to benefit wildlife. The primary purpose of the wildlife area is to provide public hunting and fishing. Other uses such as hiking and bird watching have become increasingly popular. Several constructed marshes have been impounded, totaling approximately 300 acres. The water levels in these wetlands are managed for waterfowl habitat during the fall migration; they also provide nesting sites for local migratory species.

No restroom facilities.

Content from Grand River Wildlife Area webpage and Ohio Ornithological Society