The rolling hills of Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area are a success story in environmental stewardship, conservation and reclaiming land for outdoor recreation. Located in Morgan County and surrounded by thousands of acres of land open to public use, the 5,735-acre park and wildlife area is teeming with wildlife as well as ponds and waterways full of paddling, boating and fishing opportunities.In 1961, the Ohio Power Company (now AEP) entered into a cooperative agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on some of their reclaimed lands. This agreement allowed public access to the property. As land was mined and reclaimed, it would be added into the agreement. Ultimately, nearly 60,000 acres called the ReCreation Lands were opened for free public recreation. For decades, this agreement has remained in place, and the park has been open for public use.In 1998, ODNR recognized AEPs ReCreation Land as the largest single outdoor recreation facility in Ohio and one of the most diverse. It offers hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking, biking and horseback trails, all at no charge.
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Boating, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, hiking, Miners' Memorial Park
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