Mined Land Area
The mined land area is more than 14,500 acres in size, comprised of 1,500 acres of water and 13,000 acres of land. All but 2,000 acres of the property was surface mined for coal during the 1920s through 1974. The property is rugged country dotted with more than 1,000 strip-mine lakes, steep-sided hills and dense vegetation. Unmined areas consist of mature bottomland woodland and small crop fields. The strip-mine lakes vary in size from ¼ acre to 50 acres in size with depths to 60 feet. Native grass and some cool-season grasses dominate 4,000 acres of the property. The remaining 9,000 acres of land is comprised of bur oak, pin oak, walnut, hickory and hackberry with a thick understory of dogwood, green briar, honeysuckle, poison ivy and blackberry. Primary terrestrial use on the property includes hunting, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and mushroom/berry picking. Species hunted include whitetail deer, eastern turkey, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, fox squirrel, cottontails and waterfowl. Fisherman can take advantage of regional species, including one large pit is stocked with trout.