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Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area
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Dresden, Ohio   43821
(lat:40.1502 lon:-81.9876) map location
The Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area, located in Ohio, is a breathtaking natural haven that offers a diverse range of habitats and outdoor recreational opportunities. Spanning over acres of pristine wetlands, forests, and grasslands, the wildlife area serves as a crucial habitat for a wide array of species, making it a paradise for birdwatching and wildlife photography enthusiasts. Visitors can explore its well-maintained trails, indulge in activities like fishing, hunting, and boating, or simply take in the serene beauty of the surrounding landscape. With its abundant wildlife, picturesque scenery, and ample opportunities for outdoor adventure, the Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area provides an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
History of the Area
Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area is a significant natural area located in Monroe County, Ohio. While there is limited information available about the specific history of this wildlife area, it is essential to understand the context of Monroe County's overall history to appreciate the significance of the Basin.

Monroe County was established on January 29, 1813, and was named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States. Throughout its early years, the county's economy relied heavily on agriculture, particularly wheat production, due to its fertile soils. The Ohio River, which borders the county on the east, also played a crucial role in transportation and trade.

Over time, as the region became more developed, concerns arose about preserving natural areas and wildlife habitats. The state of Ohio recognized the importance of preserving these spaces and established several state wildlife areas throughout the state. Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area is one such example.

The specific details about the establishment and development of Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area are not readily available. However, these wildlife areas typically aim to conserve native habitats, protect migratory bird populations, and provide opportunities for hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation.

Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area covers approximately 2,060 acres and is known for its wetlands, forests, and diverse wildlife. It provides a crucial habitat for various species, including waterfowl, shorebirds, reptiles, and amphibians. The wetlands within the wildlife area play an essential role in mitigating flooding, improving water quality, and maintaining ecological balance.

Visitors to Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area can explore its diverse natural beauty and engage in activities such as birdwatching, hunting, fishing, and hiking. The wildlife area is managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife, and adheres to specific regulations and guidelines to protect the environment and maintain sustainable wildlife populations.

While detailed historical information specific to Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area may be limited, the broader history of Monroe County and Ohio's commitment to preserving natural spaces and wildlife habitats underscores the importance of conserving and appreciating this unique area.

Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area is located near Coshocton, Zanesville and Lancaster

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Area Campgrounds
National Road Campground
2850 South Pleasant Grove Road
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Wolfie's Campground
101 Buckeye Drive
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Coshocton KOA Holiday
24688 County Road 10
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Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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Cottages and Cabins
Trickle Creek offers luxury cabins in Hocking Hills. The cabins are situated on nearly 236 acres of secluded cabin rentals in the deep wooded ravines in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Hocking County, Ohio.
48.6 miles from park*
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Hidden Cave Cabin - Rockbridge, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Hidden Cave Cabin is an authentic log cabin with 2 bedrooms in a private wooded setting. It is located on one of the most scenic drives in Hocking Hills and just 3.6 miles to Rock House and less than 10 miles to Conkle's Hollow and Old Man's Cave.
54 miles from park*
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1. Start by getting on I-70 E from Young St in Zanesville.
2. Continue on I-70 E. Take OH-93 S to Monroe Township Rd 468 in Monroe Township.
3. Take exit 169 from I-77 S.
4. Merge onto OH-93 S.
5. Continue to follow OH-93 S for about 20 miles.
6. Take a slight right onto OH-78 W.
7. Turn left onto Township Rd 373, then take a slight right onto Township Rd 468.
8. Continue on Township Rd 468 until you reach the Monroe Basin State Wildlife Area.

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