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 Minnehaha FWA
Managed by Goose Pond FWA
Contact Goose Pond FWA at:
812-659-9901
Property Address:
1815 Hwy 59 S
Linton, IN 47441
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DESCRIPTION

Minnehaha FWA has approximately 3,500 acres of rolling grassland and wooded bottomland areas. Approximately 100 acres of the property is water (mostly strip pit lakes).

Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area opened on November 14, 1985 and consisted of 12,000 acres of mostly reclaimed surface mine land in Sullivan County. Minnehaha is currently leased from American Land Holdings and provides opportunities for over 50,000 property users annually from all over Indiana.

ACTIVITIES

Fishing

  • Minnehaha FWA has about 100 acres of water available for fishing.
  • Bluegill, redear, bass, crappie, catfish are the predominant species present.
  • A 14-inch size limit exists on largemouth bass.
  • All lakes are electric motors only.
  • Shoreline fishing is available.
  • No check-in is required for fishing.

Hunting

  • Self service hunting is available for quail, rabbit, squirrel, deer, woodcock, duck and goose. Night hunting for raccoon, coyote and fox.
  • A daily check-in is required for all hunting. Self-service check stations are available on the property.
  • Turkey hunting during the youth season and the first 6 days of the spring turkey season is by drawing only. Check with the property for details.

Trapping

  • A special drawing to trap on the property is held at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday in October. Contact the property for more information.

Wildlife Watching

  • 3,500 acres of rolling grassland and wooded bottomland areas combined with 100 acres of water provides excellent opportunities for nature enthusiasts to observe deer, turkey, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors.

Neighboring Land

  • Hillenbrand FWA provides more than 3,600 acres of grassland and woodland habitat and more than 125 acres of water for fishing, hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing.
  • Greene-Sullivan State Forest provides camping, horse trails, and more than 100 lakes for fishing.
  • Redbird State Recreation Area offers off-road vehicle riding opportunities.
  • Shakamak State Park offers opportunities for camping, picnic areas, fishing, and swimming.
  • Goose Pond FWA provides more than 8,000 acres of wetland and grasslands for hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife viewing.

Additional Opportunities

  • A special drawing to trap on the property is held at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday in October at the Goose Pond FWA office. Contact the property for more information.
  • Visit the property to observe the many species that call it home, such as deer, turkey, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors.
  • Wild blackberries, raspberries, morels and black walnuts may be gathered from the property.
  • Dog training is allowed in area F. No check-in is required.

NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

Please Read and Obey All Signs.

RULES

In addition to state fish and wildlife laws, this property is governed by posted regulations affecting the public use of lands and facilities owned, leased or licensed by the Department of Natural Resources.

Posted Areas

Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting and other restricted areas are marked with appropriate signs. PLEASE READ AND OBEY ALL SIGNS.

Violations

Violation of any law, rule or regulation governing this property may be cause for forfeiting your hunting, fishing, or visiting privileges at Minnehaha FWA.

Responsibility

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, will not be held responsible for any accidents or deaths occurring from the use of these facilities.

Permits

In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license the following permit is required:

  • A daily check-in is required for all hunting. Self-service check stations are available on the property. Daily hunt permit cards must be in possession by the hunter and recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check-in station.

Traffic

  • Traffic on public roads through the area is governed by state and county laws. Traffic over service roads and trails, except by authorized vehicles, is restricted to walking. Park in designated lots only.

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