Fox Lake Wildlife Area

Fox Lake lies nestled in its own small valley, ringed by sandstone bluffs. The 421-acre wildlife area is centered around the 48-acre lake. The upper end of the lake, off Fox Lake Road, features a paved parking area, boat ramp and accessible fishing dock. The lower end of the lake, at the dam off Brown Road, features a gravel parking area only. This wildlife area had its origins in 1966 and the dam, built as one of six flood-control dams on Margaret Creek, was built in 1967-1968. There is a trail on the south side of the lake. It is most easily reached from the upper parking area. The trail continuously overlooks the lake, under low sandstone bluffs. There are some higher bluffs on the north side of the lake near the dam.
To reach Fox Lake from Athens, take Union Street west to Ohio State Route 56 (this is a continuous roadway). From the stoplight with Whites Mill Road (Ohio State Route 682), go 1.7 miles to Radford Road. Turn left on Radford and take it 1.25 miles to Baker Road. Turn right on Baker Road. Brown Road, for access to the dam, is a right turn at 1.25 miles, with the dam parking area at 1.1 miles on Brown Road, while the upper end of the lake is reached at 2.0 miles on Baker Road. At this point, turn right onto Fox Lake Road and go 0.7 mile to the parking area.