LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION
Kinnikinnick Wildlife Area is mostly forested land with access to the Scioto River and is located in Ross County, 6 miles north of the city of Chillicothe on the west side of U.S. Route 23.
HISTORY AND PURPOSE
Kinnikinnick Wildlife Area was acquired by the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 2007 from the Scioto Land Company. This property was previously owned by MeadWestvaco and managed to supply wood fiber to MeadWestvaco paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Recreational opportunities include whitetail deer, gray squirrel, waterfowl, and cottontail rabbit hunting. The Scioto River corridor also provides excellent bird watching potential for observing bald eagle activity as well as many migratory bird species.
HUNTING AND FISHING
The area should provide good hunting opportunities for a variety of waterfowl including Canada geese, mallards, and wood ducks. White-tailed deer and cottontail rabbits will provide ample opportunities for hunting adventures. The Scioto River will also provide good fishing for various species including bullhead catfish, flathead catfish, channel catfish, crappies, and smallmouth bass.
The nearest Wildlife district office is located at 360 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701-1895; phone (740) 589-9930. Further information may be obtained from the Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area Manager, 5403 C. H. & D. Road, Oak Hill, Ohio 45656; phone (740) 682-7524.
The Division of Wildlife enforces all state laws on these lands including hunting regulations. Enforcement priorities include prohibiting litter, off-road vehicle use, and timber theft and destruction.
TURN IN A POACHER
Ohio’s TIP, “Turn In a Poacher,” program is helping to curtail poaching throughout the state. TIP is designed to involve the public in reporting wildlife violations. Citizens who observe wildlife violations should call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.
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