Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area
Kingsbury FWA advisories
- 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.
- Beginning March 1, a gate will prevent access to Kingsbury FWA via the Hupp Road entrance. The gate will limit traffic through the property to the industrial park and preserve the property’s quality for wildlife and visitors.
Upcoming Events At Kingsbury
Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreational 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.
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.
- Public fishing areas are found along the Kankakee River, drainage ditches and the 30-acre Tamarack Lake. The lake is stocked with channel catfish.
- All size and bag limits apply. View the current fishing regulations for details.
- Primary species include channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and Northern pike.
- Boat ramps are located at parking area 5G for the Kankakee River and parking area 5A for Tamarack Lake. A maximum 12-volt electric motor is allowed on the lake. Gas motors are allowed on the river.
- Shoreline fishing is located along the drainage ditches and the Kankakee River.
- Kingsbury has a 30-acre lake that is stocked with channel catfish every other year.
- Resident and non-resident licenses and stamps are sold at the office.
- Registration is at the self- service kiosks. The kiosks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are located at 5344 S. Hupp Road and on Hupp Road, west of Travis Ditch. There is no cost to hunt
- Maps are available in the self-service area and online. Kingsbury FWA has three refuges where hunting is prohibited. These refuges are clearly marked.
- Deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, furbearers, dove, duck, goose, and wild turkey are common.
- See the Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide for seasons and bag limits.
- Advance registration is required for wild turkey, dove hunting and some waterfowl hunting.
- Reserve waterfowl hunters are required to claim their spot before 4:30 a.m. CT when drawings begin. Waterfowl hunting hours end at 1 p.m. CT during the regular season. Reserve days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
- The Kingsbury FWA office operates a deer and turkey check station.
- The use of hunting dogs is allowed. A dog training area is provided in area 6 (see map).
- Only male (cock) pheasants may be taken. No put-and-take pheasant hunts are offered.
- Kingsbury FWA holds multiple events for new shooters and hunters throughout the year. For more information, call 219-393-3612.
- There are a combination of blinds and stakes for waterfowl hunting. These spots are available seven days a week. Additional spots are available on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Kingsbury FWA does not provide boats. The majority of hunting spots require the use of a boat; however, there are a number of walk-in spots to hunt waterfowl.
- Registration for turkey hunting is typically in January with an online drawing. Kingsbury has 12 spots daily and holds a no-show drawing at 4:30 a.m. CT.
- Deer tree stands and ground blinds may be used and left unattended from noon, Sept. 15 through Jan. 10. Tree stands and ground blinds must be legibly marked in English with either the owner's DNR customer identification number or the owner’s name, address, and telephone number. A fastener used in conjunction with a tree stand and a tree or pole climber that penetrates a tree more than ½ inch is prohibited (i.e., anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, e.g., screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers).
- Resident and non-resident licenses and stamps are sold at the headquarters.
- Fish & Wildlife managed lands do not allow the use of bonus county permits. The same is true of Wetland Conservation Areas, Gamebird Habitat Areas, and Fish & Wildlife Areas.
- All hunting at Reynolds Creek is by preseason draw. As wildlife populations rebound, hunting opportunities will expand. More information is below.
- Trapping draw is the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. at the property office. Kingsbury FWA has five trapping units, and the draw is for two-week periods. There is also a youth trapping unit. A valid trapping license is required for each participant.
- 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.
- 7,280 acres of fallow land, crop fields, thick brush, grasslands, waterways, and scattered stands of conifers and hardwoods attract hawks, owls, bald eagles, shorebirds, wading birds, and a wide variety of resident and migrating songbirds.
- Mushrooms, berries, antlers, and nuts may be gathered; however, a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks, and fossils.
- Registration at a self-service kiosk to scout, fish, hike, berry pick, mushroom hunt, and wildlife watch is required.
- Fees for the shooting 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 (example: 2 adults and 2 children).
- The shooting range is ADA compliant, safe, modern, and staffed by qualified range officers.
- 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.
- Bring your own targets and ammunition.
- Indoor restrooms that are accessible to people with disabilities are available.
- Target practice is permitted only in established ranges.
- An archery range is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 3-D deer targets are available for rent for archery range use.
- Shooters must obey all rules and regulations. Use of eye and ear protection is required of all participants and observers.
- See the Fish & Wildlife Area Shooting Ranges webpage for hours.
- Mixsawbah State Fish Hatchery is located on Kingsbury FWA.
- Fish Lake Wetland Conservation Area is 11 miles from the headquarters.
- Galena Wetland Conservation Area is 18 miles from the headquarters.
- The federally owned Great Blue Heron Rookery (adjacent to Reynolds Creek) has a parking lot available on County Road 600 East. Please obey all signs on the property.
- Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area is 24 miles from the headquarters.
- Place Trail Marsh Gamebird Habitat Area is five miles from the headquarters.
- Kankakee Meanderlands Wetland Conservation Area is 12 miles from the headquarters.
- Deer hunting by special permit only.
- Archery equipment for deer only.
- No overnight tree stands.
Camping and swimming are prohibited.
Please read and obey all signs
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.
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.
- Permission to hunt on Kingsbury FWA 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 only in areas 5, 6, 7, and 8.
- Dog training is available only in Area 6. Sign up and obtain a permit at headquarters.
Speed limit is 30 mph unless otherwise posted.
- Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area
- No open hunting is allowed. Hunting is by special permit only.
- Drawings for archery deer hunts are held the last Saturday of August.
- Turkey drawings are held the second Saturday of April.
- Waterfowl drawings are held every Wednesday and Sunday of the waterfowl season.
- Dove drawings are held congruently with Kingsbury’s dove drawing Sept. 1 and 2.
- All drawings are held at the Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area check station.
- No Fishing is allowed at Reynolds Creek Gamebird Area.
- Trapping opportunities are allocated by drawing on the first Saturday of October at Kingsbury FWA.
- Wildlife watching is allowed from January 11 to September 30. Given the close proximity to Lake Michigan, many bird species have been documented on the property.
- No open hunting is allowed. Hunting is by special permit only.