- The Ohio Outback Lodge now has an outdoor hot tub on site.
- Southeastern Ohio Outback Outfitters
- AEP ReCreation Land
- Wolf Creek Wildlife Area
- The Ohio Division of Wildlife
- The Wilds
- The Columbus Astronomical Society
- The Buckeye Trail
- Fishing / Hunting / Trap Shooting
- Horseback Riding
- Bike Trails
- Muskingum River
- The Ohio Valley Opry
Phone Day (740)651-8333 Evening (740)962-3115 Toll Free 877-472-3700
AEP ReCreation Land
One of American Electric Power's best known symbols of environmental Outdoor Recreation is the company's 42,000-acre reclamation project known as ReCreation Land. This award winning project has been built on land that was once strip mined for its rich coal deposits. Through vigorous reclamation efforts, which include the planting of 63 million trees and the establishment of more than 350 lakes and ponds and nearly 380 campsites, we have turned this former mining territory into a vibrant recreation area.
Located in southeastern Ohio, ReCreation Land, along with the Conesville Coal Lands, outside AEP's Conesville Plant, and the Avondale Wildlife Area, southwest of Zanesville, are free for public use. We do require that visitors secure a permit, free of charge, either by downloading one from this site or obtaining one through the AEP office in McConnelsville, Ohio, the AEP corporate offices, regional offices of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, or at any of the regional sporting goods or bait stores surrounding ReCreation Land. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the area is patrolled by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and all state hunting, fishing and trapping regulations apply.
For more information call:(740)962-1205
Wolf Creek Wildlife Area
The Wolf Creek Wildlife Area is a designated public hunting and fishing area southwest of McConnelsville, OH. This is one of only three areas in Ohio where primitive weapons hunting is permitted (last week in October).
The Ohio Division of Wildlife
ODNR is dedicated to conserving and improving the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, and promoting their use and appreciation by the public so that these resources continue to enhance the quality of life for all Ohioans. www.dnr.state.oh.us/odnr/wildlife/
The Wilds is North America's largest wildlife conservation and research center, dedicated to preserving endangered world wildlife. The land for this nine thousand acre preserve was donated by AEP after it was reclaimed in the wake of coal mining. www.thewilds.org
The Columbus Astronomical Society
CAS is central Ohio's largest and oldest organization dedicated to the amateur study of astronomy. www.the-cas.org
The Buckeye Trail
For 1200 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer. www.buckeyetrail.org
Horseback Riding in ReCreation Land is permitted only on the Equine Trail Area (located off State Route 78) or the immediate road within the Equine area. An Equine Trail Area has been developed under a partnership agreement with the Morgan County Chapter of the Ohio Horseman’s Council. The Equine Area is located on State Route 78, eight miles east of McConnelsville. Many trails have been developed and a parking lot has been established at the trailhead, as shown on the map.
There is approximately 14 miles of the Buckeye Trail going through ReCreation Land.
Located in eastern and southeastern Ohio, the state’s 6th longest river flows for 112 miles from Coshocton to Marietta through the state’s Appalachian region. Water Trail Map
The river’s unique feature is its historic system of ten hand-powered navigation locks -- celebrated as one of the world’s truly great engineering accomplishments. It is the nation’s only remaining system of hand-operated river locks.
The lock system allows boaters to navigate 86 scenic miles of the Muskingum River from Dresden in northern Muskingum County through Morgan County to Marietta and the Ohio River. It is imperative that boaters know the location of all dams on any river way or stream. Navigational charts and locking-through procedures are available from the Muskingum River State Park office by calling 740-453-4377. A small fee is charged to go through the lock structure.
The Muskingum River has an average gradient of 1.3 feet per mile. The river serves more than 7,000 recreational boaters yearly, which leaves plenty of opportunity for more boaters to enjoy a quality river boating experience. Boats with unlimited horsepower may operate on the river, though it is most common to see canoes, kayaks, rowboats, pontoons, houseboats, bass boats and mid-sized cruisers.
Fishing / Hunting
With more than 1,500 acres of water, ReCreation Land is a tremendously popular place for those who love to fish. There are over 350 ponds and lakes in the area. Fishing opportunities are very good throughout the river and in some of its many tributaries. Most anglers pursue bass, catfish and saugeye. Fishing is permitted from boats at lock sites, but prohibited from the lock walls.
Eleven public launch ramps include the City of Coshocton ramp, the Stockport Lock and Dam, McConnelsville Lock and Dam, Malta, Luke Chute Lock and Dam, Ellis Lock and Dam, Riverside Park, Putnam Landing, Beverly, and the Indian Acres ramp in Marietta.
Overnight lodging and camping are available throughout the Muskingum River Valley.
Maxwell’s Hunting & Fishing
170 W. Main Street
McConnelsville, Oh 43756
Farley’s Fishing & Hunting Supplies
85 Front Street
Malta, Oh 43758
Morgan County Gun Club
Public Trap Shooting by Appointment
$25.00 per day per person
$ 5.00 per round per person (25 targets per round)
Events open to the public
Contact: Larry or Peggy A Wise
1619 E St Rt. 60 NE
McConnelsville, OH 43756
Southeast Ohio Kayaking
The Ohio Valley Opry
Deana and Marvin Clark