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Ohio State Parks

USA Parks
Ohio
Northwest Ohio Region
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area © S. Derricotte
OXBOW LAKE WILDLIFE AREA
OXBOW LAKE WILDLIFE AREA
9 Schick Road
Defiance, Ohio   43512
(lat:41.3457 lon:-84.4343)

Phone: 800-945-3543
The Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area is located in northwestern Ohio near the city of Defiance. The 416-acre area is situated in the glaciated lake plain of Ohio and has a slightly rolling topography. Some steep land lies adjacent to Mud Creek, which bisects the area. Large cottonwoods and sycamores are found along Mud Creek. The upland woods consist mostly of oaks and hickories.
History of the Area
Originally, the entire area was forested. During the latter part of the last century, the virgin woods were cut down to utilize the moderately fertile soil for agriculture. The wildlife area was purchased by the state of Ohio in 1948. The 38-acre Oxbow Lake was constructed in 1953. In 1954, the area headquarters was established. A smaller, 4.5-acre impoundment, called Little Oxbow Lake, was constructed in 1958.
Boating
The operation of watercraft with any motor is permitted but at idle speed only without creating a wake.
Fishing
Fishing is popular in the area. Northern pike are taken during early spring and late fall, but winter ice fishing is best. Pike fishing techniques involve the use of tip-ups and large minnows. Largemouth bass fishing is best during the spring, using spinners, artificial worms, and minnows for bait. Summer and fall bass fishing is especially good with top-water baits. Bluegills are taken throughout the year on worms, insect larvae and artificial flies. Bass and bluegill fishing is most productive in the fallen tree and stump areas. Bullheads are caught throughout the year, especially during April and May. Good bullhead baits are night crawlers and cut baits fished on the bottom.


Location
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area is located near Bryan, Defiance and Napoleon


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