Spring Valley Wildlife Area–South (Warren County)
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Tips for birding Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Spring Valley extends into both Greene and Warren counties and is my favorite place to visit in March. This location has diverse habitats for early migrant species such as kinglets, creepers, and sparrows. The waterfowl diversity during the spring migration can be great along with some early marsh birds beginning to sing such as Virginia Rails!
From Tyler Ficker, Ohio Ornithological Society Southwest Regional Director
About Spring Valley Wildlife Area
This 842-acre wildlife area is situated in the gently rolling agricultural region of southwest Ohio just east of the Little Miami River, eight miles south of Xenia and four miles north of Waynesville. The area may be reached by turning east off US-42 onto Roxanna-New Burlington Road. The north section of the wildlife area is in Greene County. The southern section is in Warren County.
More than one-third of the area is in cropland and permanent meadow intermixed with brushy fencerows and extensive brushy coverts. Woods cover approximately a third of the area. A 150-acre lake and marsh complex are located on the area’s south edge.
Purchasing of land for this public hunting and fishing area began in 1953. The area includes the old Sinclair Fur Farm lake and marsh which was improved in 1954 to provide the present 80-acre lake. In addition to hunting and fishing, secondary uses, such as gun and archery target shooting and wildlife observation, have become increasingly important.
Cropland is managed to provide good distribution of wildlife food and cover in conjunction with the permanent meadow and woody cover. More than 100,000 trees and shrubs have been planted to provide permanent wildlife cover.
From Spring Valley Wildlife Area webpage
No restroom facilities.