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Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve






Lou Campbell State Nature Preserve   



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Prairie Name

Adams Lake Prairie State Nature Preserve


14633 State Rte 41, West Union, OH 45693


The Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Prairie History

This is one of a number of significant, albeit small, prairie remnants in Adams County. The site is in the Lexington Plains Ohio Prairie Region. (Prairie Regions of Ohio)


26 acres.

Prairie Description

This xeric, or dry, limestone prairie is on an eroded slope of calcareous Crab Orchard Shale, with adjacent second-growth oak-hickory woodland. Red cedar, post oak and blackjack oak trees occur in the prairie opening.

Prairie grasses are sparse, but prairie forbs include prairie dock, spider milkweed, shooting-star, green milkweed, Carolina buckthorn, American aloe, slender blazing-star and large summer bluets.

Visitation Information


The preserve is located within Adams Lake State Park. The entrance to the preserve is at the far west end of the park road, as indicated on the map above.

This is a typical Adams County xeric prairie, on an eroded hillside slope. The Adams County prairies have southern botanical affinities.