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Park amenities: 111 acres. Trail. Pond. Fishing. Restroom. Limited parking (five cars maximum).
The beauty and wonder of Hidden Lake is now available to explore and fish without reservation or permit.
Fishing at Hidden Lake
Lake Metroparks encourages catch and release fishing, which helps to maintain fish populations and ensure many park goers the same opportunities to enjoy fishing. An Ohio fishing license is not required to fish at Hidden lake. Click here for more fishing opportunities at Lake Metroparks.
Lake Metroparks fishing limits are in accordance with The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.
Living things at Hidden Lake
Wildlife, mammals and amphibians
Mammals observed in survey conducted in July 2012 at Hidden Lake included the eastern cottontail, woodchuck, eastern chipmunk, and fox squirrel. Tracks or other sign were found for coyote, raccoon, and white-tailed deer. Reptiles included the eastern garter snake and midland painted turtle. Amphibians seen were red-spotted newt, American toad, gray treefrog, and green frog.
Butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies and beetles
Sixteen species of butterflies were observed in the same survey including the broad-winged skipper, which is new to this area. Twelve species of dragonflies and six species of damselflies were found. The slaty skimmer and Carolina saddlebags (uncommon) are new for the area. The only tiger beetle found was the common six-spotted tiger beetle.
Forty-four species of breeding birds were found while conducting this survey or from surveys conducted earlier in the season. Several uncommon and state-listed species were found including the yellow-bellied sapsucker (Endangered), blue-headed vireo (uncommon), hermit thrush (Threatened), and purple finch (Species of concern).
A population of woodland horsetail, listed as "Threatened in Ohio, was found; as well as golden saxifrage, an uncommon species.
Take I-90 East to Vrooman Rd (Exit 205). Head south onto Vrooman Rd; continue 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Leroy Center Rd.; continue 2.3 miles. Turn right onto Kniffen Rd; travel 0.5 mile to Hidden Lake on the right.
Limited parking (five cars maximum).