Location & Description
Kinnikinnick Wildlife Area is mostly forested land with access to the Scioto River and is located in Ross County, 6 miles north of the city of Chillicothe on the west side of U.S. Route 23.
History & Purpose
Kinnikinnick Wildlife Area was acquired by the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 2007 from the Scioto Land Company. This property was previously owned by MeadWestvaco and managed to supply wood fiber to MeadWestvaco paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Populations of whitetail deer, gray squirrel, waterfowl, and cottontail rabbit exist on the wildlife area. Bald eagles and many migratory bird species also inhabit the area.
The area should provide good hunting opportunities for a variety of waterfowl including Canada geese, mallards, and wood ducks. White-tailed deer and cottontail rabbits will provide ample opportunities for hunting adventures. The Scioto River will also provide good fishing for various species including bullhead catfish, flathead catfish, channel catfish, crappies, and smallmouth bass. The Scioto River corridor also provides excellent bird watching potential for observing bald eagle activity as well as many migratory bird species.