Shenango Wildlife Area
This nearly 5,000-acre wildlife area stretches northwest along Pymatuning Creek from Orangeville to Kinsman and crosses through four townships.
Much of Shenango’s habitat is beaver swamp that is interspersed with upland fields and woodlands. Waterfowl, furbearers and songbirds are abundant. In the spring, this is an excellent place to watch woodcock mating flights at dawn and dusk.
The fish population at Pymatuning Creek includes largemouth bass, white crappies, sunfish, bullheads, carp and suckers. Spring is the best time to fish, with both live and artificial baits working effectively. The most productive bass fishing has been by canoe and casting lures.
One of the finer waterfowl marshes is located north of State Route 87 along Pymatuning Creek. From October to December and again in the spring, large numbers of migrant waterfowl can be found here.
Raccoon, muskrat and beaver are abundant. Other inhabitants include the fox squirrel, ruffed grouse, turkey, white-tailed deer, woodcock and pheasant. The cottontail rabbit is the most predominant upland game species in the area.
Canoeists and kayakers will find beautiful scenery and an opportunity to observe nature from the water. Hikers and birding enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of both nesting and migrant birds that use the area.
Parking lots are situated throughout the wildlife area.