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Ross Lake Wildlife Area

This area lies two miles east of Chillicothe. Easy access is available from U.S. Route 35 via the East Main Street exit and Blacksmith Hill Road (C-238). County and township roads provide good access to the area. Three parking lots are convenient to both sides of the lake and the upper end. 

Hunting and fishing are the major recreational uses along with nature study, hiking, boating, and bird watching. Rabbits are the favorite game species. Hunting for deer and squirrels is also popular. 

As in most lakes, bass fishing is at its peak in April and May. Night fishing with surface plugs is also productive in the upper end of the lake. Boat fishing is permitted with electric motors. Gasoline motors are not allowed.

The boat launching ramp and docking sites are on the west side of the lake. Three fishing piers have been developed to increase access to the lake by shoreline fishermen. The fishing pier on the east side of the lake is accessible for use by handicapped fishermen.

Ross Lake Wildlife Area

Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (740) 589-9930


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 Four Office at (740) 589-9930 for information.


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