The ODWC manages and operates numerous areas across the state for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation purposes.
The primary objective on all lands owned or managed by the Department is the sound management and use of fish and wildlife resources resident thereon. Public use of Department-managed lands is permitted according to the following priorities:
- Hunting, fishing, trapping, running dogs for sport and associated activities.
- Other wildlife-oriented activities (nature observation or photography, and conservation education).
- Non-wildlife-related activities, when such activities do not conflict with the wildlife management objective (picnicking, hiking, backpacking, short-term camping, horseback riding).
- Large group activities (military training, organized trail rides).
Be sure to review additional Department-Managed Area Rules in the regulations online HERE.