The 555-acre Lantz Farm & Nature Preserve Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ranges across open fields and bottom lands along the South Fork of Fishing Creek and ascends slopes forested in oak and hickory to an elevation of more than 1,400 feet above sea level. Game traditionally hunted in the management area include deer, squirrel, and turkey, though a portion nearest the Lantz Farm is safety zoned for recreation and includes a public nature trail. The South Fork of Fishing Creek accommodates fishing for trout, bluegill, sunfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and channel catfish. The fork is stocked with trout from February until May. Camping is prohibited.
Directions: The Lantz Farm & Nature Preserve Wildlife Management Area is located in southern Wetzel County adjacent to the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area. The Lantz Farm facility can be accessed by highway WV-20 at Jacksonburg, WV, three miles southweast of Pine Grove, WV, and four miles northwest of Smithfield, WV.
The Lantz Farm & Nature Preserve WMA is managed by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources in cooporation with Wheeling Jesuit University.
Hotels near the Lantz Farm WMA
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Lantz Farm & Nature Preserve Wildlife Management Area may be found in our guide to travel in the Mid-Ohio Valley Region in northern West Virginia, in which the management area is located.