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Jennings Creek Wildlife Area


Jennings Creek Wildlife Area is a 530-acre property located in Columbia County. Find it by heading north out of Rio on Highway SS for two miles to Jennings Road, then east on Jennings less than two miles to Ludwig Road, then continue to Jennings Creek.

Jennings Creek Wildlife Area was created in 1947. The property was established to provide opportunities for public hunting and fishing.


Historically, the primary management objective for Jennings Creek Wildlife Area was to provide hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. As lands were acquired, marginal farm fields were converted to prairie to compliment the existing native prairie community and provide additional wildlife habitat and hunting opportunity.

Current management objectives focus on protecting the Jennings Creek wetland basin and managing for pre-settlement vegetation types. This includes maintaining existing prairies and savannas and seeking opportunities to increase these cover types. The property is managed on a landscape scale, creating smooth transitions between cover types.

The property is monitored for invasive species such as black locust and garlic mustard. Prairie and savanna areas are managed and maintained through prescribed burning, mowing and herbicide use to limit brush encroachment and encourage vigorous grasslands. Wetlands are managed through limited disturbance to prevent the spread of reed canary grass. Woodlands are managed in a manner that limits the spread of oak wilt and encourages regeneration of oak and hickory.

For more information on master planning for this and other wildlife areas around the state, visit the property planning page.


The Jennings Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting (especially noted for deer, waterfowl, rabbits, turkey (zone 3), furbearers and squirrels)
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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