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Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Properties > Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area

 Hillenbrand  FWA
Managed by Goose Pond FWA
(812) 512-9185
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Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,400 acres of upland game and wetland habitat, lakes and shallow impoundments. It is located east and west of S.R. 59 approximately five miles north of Linton.

The property was purchased by the state in 1995. Wildlife management efforts began immediately on the 3,400 acres of mostly reclaimed surface mine land in Greene County. Hillenbrand is 60 percent grasslands with 125 acres of wetland habitat. The property is named after Indiana businessman John A. Hillenbrand II for his dedication to Indiana's natural resources.

Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area are from the sale of game bird habitat hunting stamps and federal aid programs supporting sport fish and wildlife restoration. Federal funds are derived from taxes levied on sport fishing and hunting equipment. Indiana hunters and anglers are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

Hillenbrand FWA is managed by Goose Pond FWA, (812) 512-9185.


  • Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area has 125 acres of available water impoundments, including 27 acre Horseshoe Lake.
  • Primary species include bass, bluegill, redear, crappie and catfish.
  • Gilmour, Crystal, Long, Moss, Midland, Beaver Dam and Front lakes have gravel boat ramps.
  • All lakes are limited to a maximum 12-volt electric motor.
  • No check-in is required for fishing. However, check for closures during waterfowl hunting season.
  • There is a 14-inch minimum size limit on largemouth bass. All other size and bag limits apply. See fishing regulations for details.
  • Midland Lake is stocked with trout. A fishing license and trout stamp are required to fish for these species.


  • Deer, turkeys, rabbit, squirrels, quail and woodcock are common. Limited hunting for dove and waterfowl is available. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply.
  • Small game, deer and waterfowl hunters can pick up daily permits at a self-service check station (see map).
  • Deer hunting is by self-service sign-in procedure. Tree stands are allowed from Sept. 15 to Jan. 31; your name, phone number and address must be visible from the ground.
  • The first six days of spring turkey hunting is by reserve draw only; reservations must be claimed by 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time at the Goose Pond FWA office. Unclaimed reservations will be offered in a standby drawing at 5:30 a.m. in the Goose Pond FWA office. Registration is required
  • The shell limit for waterfowl hunters is 25.
  • The shell limit for dove hunters is 50.
  • Hillenbrand FWA participates in all youth hunting seasons. Drawings are held for youth turkey hunting.
  • Hunting areas accessible to persons with disabilities are available.
  • Dog training is permitted east of County Road 1100 West. You must sign in on the dog running/night hunting sheet daily when training dogs.


  • Trapping opportunities are by drawing only. A special drawing for trapping is held at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday in October at the Goose Pond office. All traps and snares must be set underwater.


Wildlife Watching

  • Enjoy watching deer, wild turkey and various bird species on the 3,400 acres of Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area. Large congregations of migratory waterfowl can be seen in the wetland areas.
  • Blackberries and morel mushrooms may be gathered.
  • The dog training area is east of County Road 1100W.


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.

Posted Areas

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 Hillenbrand Fish and Wildlife Area must be obtained before entering the field. Daily hunt permit cards must be in possession of the hunter and recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check- in station. Self-service drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
  • Night and predator hunting is allowed.
  • No check-in or written permission is required for fishing. There is a minimum size limit of 14-inches for largemouth bass in effect on all state-owned, operated or leased waters except for free flowing streams. Some restrictions may limit fishing during waterfowl hunting season. Call the Goose Pond FWA office for details (812) 512-9185.


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. Off-road vehicles and horseback riding are not permitted. Please be courteous to neighboring landowners. Look for property boundary and safety zone signs. Stay at least 500 feet inside boundaries. Do not trespass on private property.