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Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area

Glendale FWA
6001 E 600 S
Montgomery, IN 47558
812-644-7711
Office Hours: M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET
Email: GlendaleFWA@dnr.IN.gov 
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Glendale FWA advisories

  • Dogwood Lake Creel Survey: An angler creel survey is being conducted at Dogwood Lake this year to assist with management of the lake's fisheries. DNR will evaluate the fish species anglers are targeting, time spent fishing, catches, and the size and numbers of fish harvested. This survey will also evaluate the status of the test crappie size limit. The survey is scheduled to begin March 1 and run through Oct. 31. A DNR employee will be interviewing anglers at the main boat ramp throughout the season. The clerk will also be counting anglers at some of the property ponds throughout the work shift. For questions, or if you are interested in applying for the creel clerk position, please contact the District 5 Fisheries Biologist at 812-287-8306 or email Dave Kittaka, dkittaka@dnr.IN.gov.
  • Properties are operating hunt and trap draws differently due to COVID-19. View the property procedures.
  • All visitors must obtain a one-day access permit before entering the field, regardless of their activity. Visitors must keep their one-day access permit on them while visiting and must complete and return their permit to a self-service booth, drop-box, or the office before leaving.
  • Description

    Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities while maintaining 8,060 acres of land and more than 1,400 acres of lakes and impoundments.

    Acquisition of the land for this property began in 1956, and land purchases were made through the 1960s. Several minor purchases were made in the 1970s. The construction of the dam that formed Dogwood Lake began in 1963 and was completed in 1965. The lake was renovated in 1978 and restocked with fish in 1979. Average depth of Dogwood Lake is 8 feet.

    Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation, and maintenance of the property 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, shooting, and fishing equipment. Indiana hunters and anglers are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

  • Activities

    All visitors must obtain a one-day access permit before entering the field, regardless of their activity. The one-day access permit must be kept with you while visiting and must be completed and returned to a self-service booth, drop box, or the office before leaving. The information you provide helps us identify ways to improve Indiana’s FWAs for all users. We appreciate your patience in taking the extra time to fill out the permit. Your feedback and comments are valuable to us.

    Fishing

    • Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area provides over 1,400 acres of available water­, including 22 ponds and Dogwood Lake.
    • Check-in is required. Some areas including Dogwood Lake are restricted or closed during waterfowl seasons. Ask at headquarters for restrictions.
    • Primary species include catfish, crappie, bluegill, redear and largemouth bass.
    • Dove Hollow Marsh, Dogwood Lake and the White River have concrete boat ramps. Big Piney, Horseshoe Pond Redwing Pond and Wren Pond have gravel boat ramps.
    • Motor restrictions: On Dogwood Lake there is a 10 mph limit that is enforced; all other small impoundments on the property are restricted to oars or trolling motors only.
    • Horseshoe Pond and Dogwood Lake have fishing piers accessible to persons with disabilities.
    • Shoreline fishing and fishing piers are located on Dogwood Lake (see map).
    • See posted signs for largemouth bass size limits on Dogwood Lake. There is a 14-inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass on all small impoundments. All other size and bag limits apply. See Fishing Regulations for details.
    • Fishing piers accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details.

    Hunting

    • Deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, snipe, dove, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are common at Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area.
    • Check-in is required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply. See Hunting Regulations for details. Special hunts include dove and waterfowl hunts by drawing, put-and-take pheasant hunts. Advance registration is required for wild turkey hunting.
    • Area F is designated dog training.
    • Tree stands may be left overnight from noon Sept. 15 through Jan. 10. All stands must be marked with the owner’s name, address, and phone number OR with their DNR Customer ID Number.
    • Hunting areas accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details.

    Trapping

    • Wetland trapping is available through drawing only. Call the property for details.

    Wildlife Watching

    • 8,060 acres of upland game habitat, marshes, shallow impoundments, a 1,400 acre lake and small woodlots attract songbirds, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, osprey, bald eagles and a wide variety of waterfowl.
    • Mushrooms, berries and nuts may be gathered; however, a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks, and fossils.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Need a reason to get outside and move? You can volunteer alone or in small groups at this property. Some activities include trash pick-up, basic gardening, painting, and more. Call the property office for details.

    Camping/Boating

    • Campground includes 67 Class A sites with electrical outlets and 54 Class B sites. Some campsites have fire rings. Camping is open all year on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations needed. A picnic area is also available.
    • The comfort station, located in the campgrounds, provides heated showers and flush toilets. It is open from April 1 to Oct. 31. Water fountains are open from April 15 to Oct. 15.
    • For information on the campground and site availability, call 812-644-6107.

    Additional Opportunities

    • East Fork State Fish Hatchery is located at Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area.

    Swimming is prohibited.

    Please read and obey all signs.

  • Rules

    A record of Fish & Wildlife Area property rules can be found on the Indiana Fish & Wildlife Area Rules webpage.  Property specific rules can be found below, if applicable.  Contact the property directly for specific questions.

    Permits

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

    • All visitors must obtain a one-day access permit before entering the field, regardless of their activity. The one-day access permit must be kept with you while visiting and must be completed and returned to a self-service booth, drop box, or the office before leaving. The information you provide helps us identify ways to improve Indiana’s FWAs for all users. We appreciate your patience in taking the extra time to fill out the permit. Your feedback and comments are valuable to us.
    • A permit from the fish and wildlife headquarters is required to enter the waterfowl resting areas.

    Camping

    Camping, picnicking, and open campfires are allowed in designated areas only. (Unloaded firearms, unstrung bows and arrows, and air guns may be possessed, but not used in camping and picnic areas. All weapons must be stored or carried in a case or locked within a vehicle while in these areas.) Swimming is prohibited.

  • Maps
  • White River Bend Wildlife Management Area

    White River Bend (WMA) is a 710-acre tract of land purchased by the DNR in 2012 to provide additional hunting opportunities. The property is located northwest of Washington, Indiana. The property is protected in the lifelong Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) to maintain this part of a floodplain of the White River. The property provides hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, and waterfowl. The unique property features a mix of dense hardwood, wetland, and upland habitat. Please call Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area for any questions concerning this property at 812-644-7711.

  • Oak Grove Wildlife Management Area

    Oak Grove Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 70-acre tract of land purchased by the DNR in 2013 to provide additional hunting opportunities. This property is located northwest of Washington, Indiana. The property is protected in perpetuity under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP). The property provides hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and other upland game. This unique property features hardwood and upland habitats with a small marshland. Please contact Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area with any questions concerning this property.

  • Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Management Area

    Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Management Area is a 150-acre tract of land purchased by the DNR in 2020 to provide additional hunting opportunities. The tract is located along the East Fork of the White River in Daviess County, south of Cumback, Indiana. The property provides hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and other upland game. This unique property features hardwood and bottomland habitats with a small marshland. Please contact Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area with any questions concerning this property.