Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 7, 280 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 Ordnance 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.
Kingsbury is located 4 miles east of U.S. 35 on Hupp Road east of the Kingsbury industrial park. Kingsbury is 5.5 miles south of Laporte. The address of the check station is 5344 S. Hupp Road, Laporte, IN 46350.
Registration at the office to scout, fish, hike, berry pick, mushroom hunt and wildlife watch is not required. There is no camping available.
- 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 ADA compliant, 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.
- The range includes a 25-yard pistol range, a 50-yard range, and a 100-yard range.
- Bring your own targets and ammunition.
- 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.
- 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.
- 3-D deer targets are available for rent.
- 7,280 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.
- Spring mushrooms hunters cannot be in the field during turkey hunting hours. Mushroom hunters do not need to register.
- 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.
- Place Trail Marsh Gamebird Habitat Area is 5 miles from the headquarters.
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, contaminated areas 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 and 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 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 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.