The Wellston Wildlife Area is comprised of 1,414 acres with a 327-acre lake. It is the perfect area for bird watching, fishing, and boating.


Lake Rupert was built in 1969 as a water supply for the nearby city of Wellston in Jackson County. The Ohio Division of Wildlife received ownership of the area in 1979.


Boating and fishing are the biggest draws of Lake Rupert. Bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, saugeye, and channel catfish can all be caught in the lake, among other species. Hunting for waterfowl, rabbits, grouse, and squirrel is also good in the area. Bird watching has also become quite popular in the area.

Wellston Wildlife Area: More Information

Lake Rupert: More Information

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