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Fossil Exploration Encouraged
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Fossil Exploration Encouraged
Description - Pleistocene glacial meltwater carved a gorgeous valley through southwestern Ohio. Contained by the Caesar Creek Reservoir, pre-reservoir scenery, wildlife and plant life remains. Beautiful forested ravines rise nearly 200 feet above the fast flowing stream flanked by cliffs of Ordovician bedrock. In order to further protect this rare piece of Ohio land, the state dedicated 483 acres as a nature preserve in January 1975. The preserve also contains diverse habitat ranging from successional fields to hillsides that are heavily wooded with beech, maple, hickory and oak. A luxuriant herbaceous flora covers the floodplain, and a variety of prairie species is found on the shallow soil of the cliffs and in old fields.

Many of the aquatic insects and small fish such as darters found here indicate excellent water quality, and the stream and its banks support a wide variety of plant and animal life.

More than two miles of Caesar Creek flow through the gorge to the Little Miami State and National Scenic River.

Attractions - Activities pursued at Caesar Creek Gorge Nature Preserve are limited to exploring the 483-acre site on foot, adoring the blankets of spring wildflowers, catches glimpses of small mammals, listening to a songbird orchestra and being awed by the rare Ordovician bedrock.

Recreation - Hiking and nature study are recreations permitted at Caesar Gorge Nature Preserve.

Adjacent to this protected land is the USACE Caesar Creek Reservoir and the Caesar Creek State Park. Recreational offerings include power boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, exhibits at the visitor center, mountain biking, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, fossil digging and more.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Caesar Creek Lake is located in southwestern Ohio, 5 miles west of Interstate 71, Exit 38 or 15 miles east of Interstate 75, Exit 45.


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Contact Information:
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 1889 Fountain Sq., Bldg. F-1 , Columbus, OH, 43224, Phone: 614-265-6453, Fax: 614-267-3096

Additional Information:
Ohio State Parks and Forests - Great outdoor adventure begins in Ohio at one of the 20 state forests or one of the 73 award-winning state park sites.
Southwest Ohio - Discover the richness of the Southwest Travel Region exhibited at the Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP or William Howard Taft NHS, restored home of the only person to serve as both President and Chief Justice of the United States.

Links:
Caesar Creek Gorge Nature Preserve - Official agency website.
Ohio State Parks - Official Agency Website

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