Mike Hlavaty grew up in North Royalton, OH a suburb of Cleveland, OH back when it was mostly woods. He and his brothers would go hunting with their dad and learned about the animals and plants in the area. As he grew older he was always on the look out for good hunting spots and enjoyed just being out in God’s creation. When he married Raylene in 1992, he began looking for a place to call home. He found 69 acres on the edge of the flood plain in the Muskingum watershed.
Over the years, the Hlavaty family has grown to include three sons and additional properties that attracts wildlife and supports farming. In 2019, land across the road became available and Mike recognized the potential to create a wetland habitat for a large variety of waterfowl. Mike converted 50 acres of flood plain into a permanent oasis for waterfowl. As this project was nearing completion Trophy Hollow Ranch located about five miles south became available. Trophy Hollow Ranch had been built by local farmer and conservationist Jim Hopkins. In October 2020, Mr. Hopkins made the decision to retire and sell the lodge and hunting preserve. The Hlavaty Family saw the great potential for continuing their vision for the integration of wildlife management and farming and established Trophy Hollow Lodge, LLC in December 2020.
It soon became clear that the quiet, secluded location and the size and configuration of the lodge makes it the ideal place for family reunions, church retreats, small weddings, corporate retreats and other groups that are too big for a house, but want the privacy that this unique location has to offer. Looking to the future, the Hlavaty family continues to make improvements to the lodge and property so that our guests will be comfortable and relaxed.
The Hlavaty family has lived in the Mohican area for over 25 years and we want to share what the Northeastern Ohio outdoors has to offer.