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Hellbender Bluff Hunting Area

Location & Description

This 752-acre wildlife area lies south of Lisbon in Columbiana County. Access is provided from East Liverpool Road which runs west of the area. The area lies in the unglaciated region of northeast Ohio. The terrain is gently rolling to very steep, and the West Fork of the Little Beaver Creek bisects the area. The area consists of a diverse habitat: with open fields and brushland comprising a large portion of the area. The riparian area is comprised of mature hardwoods. An interspersion of cover types is comprised of second growth hardwoods, dogwoods, hawthorns, autumn olive, and multiflora rose make up the remaining portion of the area. Three separate stands of mature pines accent the area and 306.47 acres of the area are under ODNR Division of Watercraft Scenic Rivers conservation easements.

History & Purpose

Purchase of this park began in 2008. The land was acquired with Clean Ohio Fund with help from The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC provided the match for the grant which in turn was donated as a gift for the purchase of wetlands along Beaver Creek. Additional land has been acquired through donation from The Nature Conservancy, ODNR, and the Dailey Family. Wildlife management practices have included reforestation of approximately 200 acres of reclaimed strip mined ground. The purpose of the land is to provide recreational opportunities to the area residents.

Wildlife

Principal game species are whitetail deer, turkey, grey squirrel, rabbit, ruffed grouse, and woodcock. The West Fork of Little Beaver Creek contains smallmouth bass and sauger.

Recreational Opportunities

Hellbender Bluff area has a substantial population of turkey and whitetail deer. A large portion has good squirrel hunting. The best hunting for rabbit is along the brushy field edges and woodland borders. Raccoon hunting is good throughout the area. The creek and one pond provide limited waterfowl hunting and numerous opportunities for trapping; however, no beaver trapping is allowed.

Emergencies

Call: 911

Phone Number

(330) 644-2293

Non-Emergency

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