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Austin Bottoms Conservation Area is co-managed by Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area and Hardy Lake. Crosley office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hardy lake office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The area spans more than 26,000 acres along the Muscatatuck River. It is bounded by the intersection of the Muscatatuck with Interstate 65 and State Road 31 on the east side and flows westward to Jackson-Washington State Forest on the west side. The area stretches across Scott, Jackson and Washington counties.
Approximately 2,355 acres are now open for use. It consists of a variety of habitat types, dominated by bottomland forests and wetlands. The bottomland forest consists of species such as maples, oaks, sweetgum, river birch, sycamore and beech. Many birds use bottomland hardwood forests, such as wild turkey, yellow- and black-crowned night herons, wood ducks, red-headed woodpeckers, screech owls, great horned owls, bald eagles, broad-winged hawks, woodcock, wood thrush, hooded warblers, Kentucky warblers, blue jays and cardinals. These bottomland hardwoods also provide excellent habitat for many mammals, such as white-tailed deer, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, fox, beaver, otter, mink, opossum, gray squirrel, fox squirrel and flying squirrel.
NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.
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