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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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

 Chinook FWA
Managed by Deer Creek FWA
765-653-0453
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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2001 W CR 600 S
Greencastle, IN 46135
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DESCRIPTION

Chinook Fish and Wildlife area is 2141 acres of rolling grasslands and wooded unreclaimed areas. Approximately 80 acres of the property is water (mostly strip pits).

Originally leased as a Public Fishing Area in 1982, Chinook Fish & Wildlife opened in 1997 and consisted of 2141 acres of surface mine land near Vigo county in western Clay County.

Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Chinook Fish and 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

ACTIVITIES

Fishing

  • Chinook Fish and Wildlife Area provides fishing for bluegill, redear, bass, trout, crappie and catfish from six strip pits on the property. The strip pits range in size from 3- to 33-acres.
  • A 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass is in effect
  • The property has six boats ramps located at Little George, Scheister, Worm, Daredevil, Stump Jumper, and Hawg Pits.
  • Electric motors only are permitted on the strip pits.
  • Shore line fishing is available.

Hunting

  • A self-service daily check-in is required for hunting.
  • Self-service check in for: quail, rabbit, deer, woodcock, duck and goose hunting. Night hunting is also available for raccoon, coyote, fox and other furbearers. 
  • Dove hunting over managed sunflower fields requires the use of non-toxic shot.
  • Spring turkey hunting opportunities are allocated by an online preseason draw for the first six days of the season. To register for a pre-season draw, go to dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm. A successfully drawn hunter can bring one non-hunting partner. After the first six days, hunting will be permitted daily by self-service check-in for the remainder of the season.
  • Fall turkey is by self-service check in.
  • Deer Hunting: All deer hunting opportunities are permitted by self-service check in. Bonus antlerless tags are not permitted, and there will be no deer hunting during the special antlerless season.

Trapping

  • Trapping: Trapping is permitted by self-service check in. Please sign in on the white night hunting sheet or the yellow upland sheet.
  • Upland trapping is restricted to the use of dog-proof traps or trap sizes smaller than 1.75. All other traps must be completely covered by water.

Additional Opportunities

  • Mushroom hunters may not enter the field until 1 p.m. local time during spring turkey season.
  • Nature enthusiasts interested in sightseeing or nature studies should inquire at the (765) 653-0453.
  • View deer, turkey, waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors that make their home on the property.
  • Blackberries, raspberries, morels and black walnuts may be gathered at the property.

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 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:

  • A self-service daily check-in is required for hunting.

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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