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 Kingsbury FWA

5344 S. Hupp Road
LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 393-3612
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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DESCRIPTION

Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 7, 200 acres of grasslands, crop fields, thick brush, marsh areas and a 30 acre lake. The Kankakee River forms the south boundary. Kingsbury is located 4 miles east of U.S. 35 on Hupp Road east of the Kingsbury industrial park. It is 5.5 miles south of Laporte.

Kingsbury is a remnant of the old Kingsbury Ordinance Plant which produced shells, cartridges and mortar rounds for World War II and the Korean conflict. The land was deeded to the state of Indiana in 1965 by the federal government, and wildlife management began at that time.

ACTIVITIES

Scout, fishing, hiking, berry picking, mushroom hunting and wildlife watching do not need to register at the office. There is no camping available.

Fishing

  • Fishing areas along the Kankakee River, drainage ditches and 30-acre Tamarack Lake. It is stocked with channel catfish each year.
  • All size and bag limits apply. View the current fishing regulations for details.
  • Primary species include channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike and rough fish.
  • Boat ramps are located at parking area 5G for the Kankakee River and 5A for Tamarack Lake. A maximum 12-volt electric motor for lakes, gas motors allowed on the river.
  • Shoreline fishing is located along the drainage ditches and Kankakee River.

Hunting

  • Hunting registration is at the self-service kiosk at the check station. All hunters must register and take the appropriate hunt card. The self-service area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The address of the check station is 5344 S. Hupp Road, Laporte, IN 46350
  • Maps are located in the self-service area and online. Kingsbury has three refuges where hunting is prohibited. These refuges are clearly marked. Kingsbury is 7,000 acres of brush, crop fields, warm season grasses, wetlands and woods.     
  • Deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, furbearers, dove, duck, goose and wild turkey are common.
  • Daily check-in is required or all species. See the hunting and trapping guide for seasons and bag limits.
  • Advanced registrations required for wild turkey hunting and some waterfowl and dove hunting.
  • Daily waterfowl drawings begin at 4:30 a.m. local time. Waterfowl hunting hours end at 1 p.m. local time during the regular season. Reserve days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area office operates a deer and turkey check station.
  • The use of hunting dogs is allowed.
  • Only male (cock) pheasants may be taken. Put and take pheasant hunts are not offered.
  • Trapping draw is the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. at the property office. Kingsbury has five trapping units and the draw is for two-week periods. There is also a youth trapping unit.
  • Kingsbury holds an annual Youth Day at the Range in September. The property also hosts a youth dove hunt, trapper education seminar, introduction to turkey hunting seminar and others. For more information, call (219) 393-3612.
  • There are a combination of blinds and stakes that total 11 spots. These spots are available seven days a week. An additional three spots are available on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Kingsbury does not provide boats. The majority of hunting spots will require the use of a boat; however, there are a number of walk in spots to hunt waterfowl.
  • Registration for turkey hunting is in January with an online drawing. Kingsbury has 12 spots daily, and holds a no-show drawing at 4:30 a.m. local time.
  • Hunters can put up stands Sept. 1. Tree stands must be removed by Jan. 10. A fastener used in conjunction with a tree stand and a tree or pole climber that penetrates a tree more than ½ inch is prohibited (anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, i.e. screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers). Tree stands and ground blinds must be legibly marked in English with the owner’s name, address and telephone number. If someone steals or damages the stand, call DNR Law Enforcement at (812) 837-9536.
  • No bonus county permits are allowed.
  • For Reynolds Cree, all hunting is by draw only. As wildlife populations rebound, hunting opportunities will expand. There is an archery-only deer drawing for Reynolds Creek on the last Saturday of August. This drawing covers the entire archery season. Dove hunting is concurrent with the Kingsbury dove drawing and typically lasts the first five days of the season. Turkey hunting is also concurrent with Kingsbury’s turkey drawing.

Shooting Range

  • Range is open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. local time to dusk (varies by season, call to check time).
  • Fees for the range are $4 a day for age 18 and older, $2 a day for younger than 18 (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult), $10 a day for a family (ex: 2 adults and 2 children).
  • The shooting range is safe, modern and staffed by qualified range officers.
  • Use of eye and ear protection is required of all participants and observers.
  • The range has 37 shooting positions: 10 positions at 50 yards, five positions at 100 yards, 18 positions at 10, 15 or 25 yards, and four shotgun stations. 
  • Bring your own paper targets or clay birds.
  • Indoor restrooms accessible to persons with disabilities are available.
  • Target practice is permitted only in established ranges.
  • Call (219) 393-1128.
  • Kingsbury Shooting Range brochure.

Archery Range

  • The archery range is open to the public, 7 days a week, all daylight hours, first come, first served. Bring your own targets. Shooters must obey all range rules and regulations. Parking is permitted only in designated lot.

Wildlife Watching

  • 7, 200 acres of fallow land, crop fields, thick brush, grass lands, water ways and scattered stands of conifers and hardwoods attract hawks, owls, bald eagles, shorebirds, wading birds and a wide variety of resident and migrating songbirds.

Additional Opportunities

  • Spring mushrooms hunters cannot be in the field during turkey hunting season during turkey hunting hours.
  • Wetland trapping is available through drawing only. Drawing is held the first Saturday in October.
  • A dog training area is provided in area 6 (see map).
  • Resident and non-resident licenses and stamps are sold at the headquarters.
  • Wild blackberries, raspberries, mushrooms, shed antlers and nuts may be gathered from the property.
  • Mixsawbah State Fish Hatchery is located on Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area.
  • Fish Lake Wetland Conservation Area is 11 miles from the headquarters.
  • Galena Wetland Conservation Area is 18 miles from the headquarters.
  • Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area is 24 miles from the headquarters.

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, contaminated areas 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 on this area.

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 permits are required:

  • Permission to hunt on Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area must be obtained before entering the field. One-day hunting permit cards must be in the possession of the hunter at all times. Harvested game must be recorded on one-day permit cards. Self-service drop boxes are located throughout the property for your convenience. Contaminated areas are off limits at all times. If a wounded deer enters this area, contact property personnel.
  • Night hunting for raccoons is permitted in areas 5, 6, 7, and 8 only.
  • Dog training is available in Area 6 only. Sign up and obtain a permit at headquarters.
  • Collecting Permits are required from the property manager or IDNR for the collection of anything except nuts, berries, mushrooms and shed antlers.

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. Speed limit is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted. No horses, snowmobiles, ATVs or off-road vehicles are allowed. No hunting within 50 feet of any public road.

MAPS

  • Property Map