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Resthaven Wildlife Area

Totaling 2,272 acres, the area includes 444 acres of water. Most of the land is in woodland and shrubby cover. Approximately 90 acres is in crop rotation. Sixteen percent of the land is grassland. Access roads and parking areas are situated throughout the area. The interior access roads are closed from the opening of the upland game season until after the spring thaw, as a safety measure and to prevent undue damage to the roads in early spring.

The area is popular for rabbit and pheasant hunting. Rails, snipe, woodcock, and a few gallinules also offer hunting opportunities.

Ponds on the area offer fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and red ear sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish. Pond 8 has a boat ramp and a handicapped accessible fishing pier off SR 269 on road D6. Car top or small trailered boats may be used on the other ponds where anglers can get them to the water. Gasoline motors up to 9.9 horsepower may be used on any of the area ponds; please use good judgment and go slow. All of the area ponds are open to fishing year around, including ice fishing.

Resthaven Wildlife Area

Castalia, Ohio 44824

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (419) 424-5000
Local Number: (419) 547-6007


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 Pickeral Creek Wildlife Area Manager at (419) 547-6007 or the Wildlife District Two Office at (419) 424-5000 for information.


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