Fox Lake Wildlife Area

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Location: 4 miles west of Athens

Contact: Wildlife District Four Office, 360 E State St., Athens

Phone: 740-594-2211

This 421-acre wildlife area lies four miles west of Athens. County and township roads provide access from U.S. Route 50 and State Routes 56 and 681. The boat launching ramp is reached from County Road 81 at the upper end of the lake.

The wildlife area includes rolling hills, woods, open fields, and two water areas. Situated among wooded hillsides is 48-acre Fox Lake. A small pond is on the northeast corner of the area. More than half of the area is wooded. Oak and hickory are the most common tree species, with lesser numbers of beech and maple. Fifteen percent of the area is brushland, primarily sassafras and sumac. Another 25 percent is openland.

All dogs must be leashed.

Hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Camping: None

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