Rush Run Wildlife Area: A wildlife paradise that is close to home.

E. Todd Fowler – Butler County Connect
Rush Run Wildlife Area lake
Rush Run Wildlife Area. Photo credit E. Todd Fowler

Are You Looking for Things to Do?

Recently, Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton extended the COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings of 10 or more people and many indoor social activities (among other things). Residents of Butler County are looking for ways to enjoy the Spring weather and still comply with the Stay Safe Ohio order that is set expire on May 29th. Many may be surprised to learn there is a wildlife paradise just minutes from their door.

Wildlife Paradise

Just over the Butler County line into Preble County is Rush Run Wildlife area. Rush Run Wildlife is a paradise for hikers, outdoors men and women, and people that love to fish. The 54-acre lake is home to a variety of fish species which include crappie, bluegills, large-mouth bass, and channel catfish. Online fishing reports state the best time to fish the lake is early morning or early evening. State fishing license are required. Shoreline fishing or boats with 10 horsepower motors or less are welcome on the lake. Rush Run Wildlife visitors may encounter other animals such as deer, squirrels, foxes, woodchucks and minks. Rush Run Wildlife Area has several parking lots, trails, and a class c shotgun range.

History of Rush Run Wildlife Area

In 1955 land was purchased for Rush Run Wildlife Area and the lake was constructed in 1970. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources manage the site. Rush Run Wildlife Area is located 1989 Northern Road Somerville, Ohio 45064. Admission and parking are free of charge.
Rush Run Wildlife Area lake
Rush Run Wildlife Area Somerville Ohio. Photo credit E. Todd Fowler

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