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Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Properties > Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area

Tri-County FWA
8432 N. 850 E.
Syracuse, IN 46567
(574) 834-4461
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Hours: M-F, 7:30-2 p.m. Central time
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DESCRIPTION

Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,546 acres of land, with 650 acres of lakes and impoundments. This area is composed of flat to rolling upland fields and gradual to steep slopes of oak-hickory woodlands, falling off to depressions of wetlands. Tri-County includes 10 natural lakes with water depths of 75 feet.

The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time.

Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area was established in 1951. By 1953, formal management of the property was underway. In 1963, a dam was constructed at the outlet of six natural lakes, creating Flatbelly Marsh. This wetland is an important area for migratory waterfowl, furbearers, shorebirds and fish. Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area are derived from the sale of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. Funds are also received from the federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson programs to aid fish and wildlife restoration. These funds are derived from taxes levied on sport hunting and fishing equipment. Indiana hunters and fishermen are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

FISHING

  • Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area has 10 natural lakes and 32 man-made impoundments with 200 acres of restored open water wetlands.
  • No check-in is required for fishing. All fishing areas are closed during waterfowl seasons.
  • Primary species include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, crappie and put and take trout.
  • Boats with electric motors are allowed on lakes and ponds. No gas motors permitted.
  • Shoreline fishing is available at Goldeneye Pond, Bass Pond and the Wawasee Family Fishing Area.
  • There is a special size and bag limit for largemouth bass on all Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area waters. All other species size and bag limits apply.

HUNTING

  • Hunting opportunities for woodland game, upland game, waterfowl and furbearers are available.
  • Daily check-in is required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply. See the current hunting regulations for details.
  • Contact property headquarters for information on special hunts and pre-registration.
  • Deer tree stands are allowed Sept. 1 – 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.
  • For waterfowl and turkey reserved hunt or drawing, doors open at 5 a.m. and the draw is at 5:30 a.m. For dove, doors open at 10 a.m. and the draw is at 11 a.m. For put-and-take pheasant, doors open at 9 a.m.
  • A trapping draw is held on the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. Special restrictions apply.
  • Tri County offers a spring turkey workshop, a youth dove hunt, a youth waterfowl hunt, and a youth trout fishing event.
  • Hunting and fishing areas accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details.
  • A dog training area is provided in area B (see map).

OTHER ACTIVITIES

There is no sign in required to scout, fish, hike or wildlife watch.

Nuts, berries and mushrooms may be gathered from the property. Mushroom hunting is allowed after 1 p.m. during turkey hunting season.

Shooting and archery ranges are located near the property headquarters. Tri County offers 10-, 50- and 100-yard ranges and a trap range at no charge. Operating hours are noon to 7 p.m. April through August, and noon to 5 p.m. September through March.

Wildlife Watching

  • Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area is composed of flat to rolling upland fields with oak hickory woodlands, falling off into wetlands and natural lakes. It provides excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year.

Neighboring Land

  • Deniston Resource Area, Wawasee Family Fishing Area, Durham Lake Wetland Conservation Area, Pisqah Nongame Area and Chain-O-Lakes State Park are located nearby. Information on these areas is available at the property headquarters.

RULES

NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

Please Read and Obey All Signs.

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.

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

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

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

In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license, the following permits are required:

  • Permission to hunt during the day on Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area must be obtained before entering the field. One-day hunting permit cards must be in possession of the hunter at all times. Bagged game must be checked in through the check station or recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check station. Self-service drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
  • No shooting of woodchuck (groundhogs) is allowed.
  • Night and predator hunting, as well as, night running is permitted by using one-day permit cards available at the self-service check-in booth.
  • A permit from the fish and wildlife headquarters is required to enter the waterfowl resting areas.
  • Collection permits are required from the property manager or DNR for collection of everything except nuts, berries and mushrooms.

Target Ranges

  • Target ranges are open daily to the public on a first come first serve basis. All shooters must obey range rules and regulations.
  • Range is open April through August from noon to 7 p.m. and September through March from noon. to 5 p.m.

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. Please be courteous to neighboring landowners. Look for property boundary and safety zone signs. Do not trespass on private property.