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Ferguson & Metzger Reservoirs Fishing Area

Ferguson and Metzger reservoirs are located on Reservoir Road which is on the east side of Lima.

Fishing is permitted on both reservoirs. Ice fishing is permitted at your own risk. Ferguson Reservoir is stocked with walleye and Metzger Reservoir is stocked with saugeye.

Boats are permitted on both reservoirs. The use of gasoline motors is prohibited.

Both reservoirs have primitive boat ramps near the Reservoir Road entrance. Parking is available on two lots off Reservoir Road and one off North Mumaugh Road.


Metzger Reservoir was built in 1946 by the city of Lima as a municipal water supply. It has a surface area of 154 acres and a capacity of 1.2 billion gallons. The bottom is relatively flat with depths ranging from 18 to 33 feet.

Ferguson Reservoir was built in 1958 to expand the city of Lima’s municipal water supply. It has a surface area of 305 acres and a capacity of 2.2 billion gallons. Depths range from 3 to 33 feet. A large bed of cattails is present along the shallow east shoreline.


Take I-75 Exit 127 at State Route 81 and head east. Turn right on Rousch Road and head south to Reservoir Road. Turn left and head east approximately 1.5 miles to the reservoir entrance.

Municipal Use

Ferguson and Metzger reservoirs are upground reservoirs. Upground reservoirs are constructed by building high dikes on a relatively flat terrain to hold water. They are pump storage reservoirs. Water is pumped in from the Ottawa River at times of high flow and stored in these reservoirs until needed by the city of Lima.


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Phone Number

(419) 424-5000