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Beaver Creek Wildlife Area

This site was acquired with help from The Nature Conservancy in the late 1980s and is today owned and managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. A hunting area for deer, waterfowl and fur-bearers, visitors should wear bright clothing in hunting season. Prime hunting season runs from about September 1st through January.

In the 1990s Wright State University biologists built three experimental fens to study wetland restoration methods. A fourth wetland restored by the Division of Wildlife and the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association is now a beautiful forested wetland, with standing water 3-4 months of the year. A fifth restored wetland containing a shallow pond and a hillside fen was built to replace wetlands lost due to local development.




Location: Parking area located on New Germany-Trebein Rd just east of Beaver Valley Rd.

Lat/Long Coordinates: 39.767080, -84.004540

Trail length: About 0.75 miles

Trail difficulty: Mostly flat to gently sloped grass, easy walking, some parts wet, most dry

What to see: Here nature lovers will find a large variety of natural features including swamp, marsh, fen, wet prairie, forest and upland prairie. Simple grassy trails take you to the edges of the marshes and fens. Sedge meadows, reedy meadows, tall-grass prairie, waterfowl, experimental wetlands, marsh with open water, ducks, geese, coots, herons, egrets, frogs, dragonflies and butterflies.


Amenities: 172 acres with parking, hiking trails, hunting and trapping in season, no restrooms

Wetland fact: To offset wetlands lost to construction, wetlands are restored in mitigation projects to help maintain our community's wetland functions such as flood and erosion control, recharge of groundwater and to filter water, making it safe for drinking.

Ownership:
Ohio Division of Wildlife

Partners:
Beaver Creek Wetland Association Wright State University The Nature Conservancy


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