City of Girard, Ohio
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Both Upper and Lower Girard Lakes were developed by damming Squaw Creek from 1931-33. The land that is now under water was once used for farming, salt and coal mining. Upper Girard Lake boasts 187 surface acres of water with a maximum depth of 40 feet. Lower Girard has since been drained. Both lakes were purchased by the City of Girard from Ohio Water Service in 1995.
Wildlife abounds in the surrounding lands owned by the city, especially around Upper Girard Lake. Red and gray squirrels, rabbits and whitetail deer are the mainstay. Red fox, beaver, muskrat, opossum, ground hogs, chipmunks, raccoon, pheasant, grouse, woodcocks, teal, Canadian geese, mallards, snow geese, cormorants, black ducks, loon, blue herons, red-tailed hawks and wild turkey are also present in significant numbers. There have also been reports that on the far north quadrant, a black bear has taken refuge over the past two years. Also, signs of coyote have been spotted in the same area.
Nature lovers can see local wildlife and enjoy red oak, maple, chestnut, acorn, pin oak, white pine, aspen, crab apple, birch and poplar trees that shroud the shorelines of the lakes. The variety and amount of deciduous and coniferous trees that surround the trails and lakes is enough to keep any nature enthusiast busy for hours on end. There is no trespassing on the propertiy
No wading, fishing or swimming is permitted at any time on either lake.
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