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Adams County

Wildlife Officer:
Chris Gilkey
(937) 372-5639 X5205

Adams County - Where The Big Bucks Roam!
Two amazing deer, one county, one year - 2006!Known in Ohio as "The Amish Buck"
Jonathon Schmucker opened the bow season September 30th with this 36-point non-typical.
Click HERE for more information.

Photos courtesy of Rick Busse’s Wildlife Studio, Piqua
Justin Metzner arrowed this buck in Adams County Oct. 21. After the 60 day waiting period this brute will probably net around 196 and be one of the largest typical whitetails taken nationally this year.
Click HERE for more information.

Adams Lake State Park
Fishing, boat ramps (electric motors only), and other family activities.  Encompasses 70 acres, 37 of which is water.  513-544-3927  Off Route 247 north of Mount Union.

Brush Creek State Forest
Public Hunting, Cross-Country Skiing and Horse Trails.  Roadside camping permitted during deer (gun & muzzleloader) and turkey (gun) seasons.  614-372-3194.
Located adjacent to Pike & Scioto Counties, on the NE corner of the county, east of SR41 and north of SR73.  Encompasses 12,486 acres.

Island Creek Launch Ramp
Fishing on Ohio river, boat ramps, unlimited horsepower motors. Area of ramp is 12 acres in size.  304-529-5210.  East of SR136 and village of Manchester.

Manchester Boat Ramp
Fishing on Ohio river, boat ramps, unlimited horsepower motors. Area of ramp is 24 acres in size.  Picnic table and shelters.  304-529-5210.  At the village of Manchester (the hometown of Jack Roush, of Roush Racing).

Mead Forestlands
Public Hunting located inside private land areas (permission needed to cross private land to get to Mead lands). 614-772-3111.  Located on east side of county, NE of SR781 and south of SR73.  Encompasses 4,411 acres.

Ohio Brush Creek Boat Launch
Fishing on Ohio river, boat ramps, unlimited horsepower motors. Area of ramp is 13 acres in size.  Accessible via SR52, west of Rome, OH.

Rome Boat Launch Ramp
Fishing on Ohio river, boat ramps. Area of ramp is 1 acre in size.  Accessible via SR52, at Rome, OH.

Tranquility Wildlife Area
This Adams County public hunting area contains 4,254 acres of prime deer habitat and 12 acres of water packed with LM bass, bluegill & catfish. The wildlife area is 16 miles south of Hillsboro on state Route 770. County Road 100 (old state Route 32) borders the southern boundary of this area.  Shooting range on site.

Winchester Reservoir
13 acres, 10 of which is water.  Pond fishing, electric motors only.  Located west side of county just north of SR32 east of village of Winchester.

Adams County is the home of the Shawnee State Forest


13291 U.S. 52
West Portsmouth, OH

Directions to forest

Total acres: 63,747
County: Scioto and Adams County

Brochure with map (pdf)
Brochure with backback map (pdf)

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