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About Wingfoot Lake Wildlife Area
The 569-acre Wingfoot Lake Wildlife Area lies 9.7 miles east of the city of Akron in the Portage County. This area is primarily comprised of lake (262 Acres) and marshland (128 acres) with about 179 acres of associated uplands and forested habitat. There are two improved boat launches, one located at the east and the other at the west end of the lake. Access to the area is off East Waterloo Road, west of OH-43.
This area was previously owned and managed as a recreational facility for the employees of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron. Also associated with this acquisition are the Wingfoot Bowman’s Club and Goodyear Hunting and Fishing Club. This area will be managed as a public hunting and trapping area for wetland and upland wildlife. Hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing are the primary recreational uses.
This area offers a wide variety of wetland wildlife species. A variety of waterfowl frequent the marshland as well as the adjacent reservoir. Mallards, wood ducks, and Canada geese are common while numbers of diving duck species including scaup, ring-necked, buffleheads, and canvasbacks may be seen on the adjacent open waters of the lake during late fall and winter. Furbearers, including mink, muskrat, raccoon, and beaver may be commonly encountered in this area.
Deer, small game hunting, and furbearer trapping are open to the public throughout this area, however a permit is required to trap beaver or river otter on this or any Division of Wildlife-owned or managed land. Waterfowl hunting opportunities are also available by permit only. There are two boat launches located on the northeast and northwest ends of the lake. The northeast boat launch is accessible through the Wingfoot Lake State Park. This is a shallow ramp and only suitable for smaller boats. The northwest boat access is accessible from Farr Lane off East Waterloo Road.
From Wingfoot Lake Wildlife Area webpage
About Wingfoot Lake
Wingfoot Lake is located in southwestern Portage County, 3 miles east of Akron and 8 miles south of Kent, west of OH-43, one-half mile south of US-224.
Wingfoot Lake is owned largely by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Wingfoot Lake was created by Wingfoot Lake Dam on the Wingfoot Lake Outlet in Portage County. Construction of the Wingfoot Lake Dam was completed in 1916.
Wingfoot Lake was formerly the property of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Wingfoot Lake’s rich heritage dates back to the early twentieth century when it was created to supply water for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s burgeoning manufacturing facility nearby in Akron. Wingfoot Lake is now considered as a recreational resource. The former Wingfoot Lake Park is now owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks, as well as the Division of Wildlife. The lake has a water surface of 444 acres. The maximum depth of Wingfoot Lake is 15 feet. Boats are allowed on Wingfoot Lake, but they must be propelled by outboard motors of 10 horsepower or less. The fish populations in Wingfoot Lake are managed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Restroom facilities at Wingfoot Lake State Park.