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Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area

The 5,090-acre wildlife area is located in southwest Ohio, at the south edge of Greenfield on the Paint Creek fork and the southeast edge of Centerfield on the Rattlesnake fork of Paint Creek Lake. State Routes 138 and 753 bisect the Rattlesnake fork approximately 15 miles east of Hillsboro. The area may be reached by turning north off U.S. 50 onto State Route 753 or onto Rapid Forge Road in Ross County.

Paint Creek is popular for hunting rabbits and squirrels. Waterfowl hunting is available on the reservoir and the streams coming into the reservoir. Deer hunting is good throughout the area. Trapping is most productive around pond areas and along the streams running into the reservoir. There are also fishing opportunities in the lake.

Several parking areas are distributed throughout the wildlife area. Two canoe launching areas are available along Rattlesnake Creek. Two boat ramps with sanitary facilities, picnic facilities, and drinking water are located on the lake. A camping area is located off Taylor Road on the east side of the lake. A pioneer farm is located on the west side of the lake. An overlook, a playground, and picnic and fishing areas are located below and around the dam area, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area

Greenfield , Ohio 45123

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (937) 372-9261


Sunday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Special Hours: Contact the Wildlife District Five Office at (937) 372-9261 for information.


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