Conservation & Outdoor Recreation
Campgrounds are now owned and operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For campground questions call (740) 453-4377. General information can be found on our Facebook page page.
One of American Electric Power's best-known symbols of environmental stewardship is the company's 52,920-acre reclamation project known as ReCreation Land. The area is located five miles Northeast of McConnelsville, Ohio in Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties. This award-winning project has been built on land that was once strip mined for its rich coal deposits. Through vigorous reclamation efforts, which include planting OVER 63 million trees and creating more than 600 lakes and ponds and nearly 300 campsites, AEP has turned this former mining territory into a vibrant outdoor recreation area. There is an Equine Trail, and the Buckeye Trail within this multi-use area. Recreational User's permit required.
ReCreation Land is a 52,920-acre outdoor recreation area built on land once strip mined for its rich coal deposits. We have received many awards for this project from environmental and conservation groups for going above and beyond the legal requirements for land reclamation. ReCreation Land offers a number of outdoor activities and is free to the public.
The Conesville Coal Lands is a 10,635 acre public hunting and fishing area located five miles Southeast of Coshocton, Ohio in Coshocton and Muskingum counties. The area provides over 100 lakes and ponds for fishing and an Equine Trail Area. Camping is for horse owners only with a 3-day limit. A recreational user permit required.
The Poston Plant Lands is a 1,760 acre public hunting area which lies in the Northwestern portion of Athens County near Athens, Ohio. The area is situated in the hilly unglaciated Allegheny Plateau and consists primarily of rounded ridges, steep slopes and narrow ravines. This area has no lakes or ponds for fishing. No overnight camping in this area. A recreational user permit required.
The Southern Ohio Recreation Area is a 4,015 acre public hunting and fishing area located in Gallia and Meigs counties near Rutland, Ohio. The area is set up for hunting, has an equine area and some small ponds and streams. No overnight camping in this area. A recreational user permit required.
The Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife area is an 8,026 acre public hunting and fishing area located West of Fairbanks, Indiana in Sullivan county. The area consists of small woodlots surrounded by large crop fields for hunting. Although the area has a few ponds, there is 7 miles of fishing on the Wabash River. The area is a partnership with AEP and Indiana Fish and Wildlife. A permit is not required for this area but recreational users must sign in daily at the main check station. No Camping.