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LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area

LaSalle FWA
4752 W. 1050N
Lake Village, IN 46349
219-992-3019
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

LaSalle FWA advisories

  • Properties are continuing to operate 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.
  • Beginning mid-to-late March, tree work will take place on the Black Oak Bayou river levee. When work begins, all recreation along the river levee will be temporarily suspended. This closure will last 1-2 days. All other areas within the rest of Black Oak Bayou and LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area will remain open during this project.
  • Badal Wetland Conservation Area (WCA) will now be known as LaSalle FWA-East Unit. The renaming will simplify the enforcement of regulations and hunting on the property. Effective beginning April 17, LaSalle FWA-East Unit hunting opportunities will be included in LaSalle FWA's daily draws and will follow all LaSalle FWA property regulations.
  • Description

    LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities while maintaining 4,511 acres of hardwood forests, cropland and fallow fields, marshes, brush, and open water. Divided by the Kankakee River, LaSalle is an ideal stopover for migratory birds.

    The area around LaSalle was once part of the Grand Kankakee Marsh. Acquisition of the land began in 1952. About 1,800 acres were purchased and became Kankakee River State Park. In 1963, after additional acreage was acquired, it was determined that the land was better suited for use as a fish & wildlife area. It was then renamed LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA).

  • 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

    • Property provides fishing areas along the Kankakee River and bayous.
    • All property users must sign in each day when using the property.
    • The river bayous within LaSalle  are closed to fishing during waterfowl season. Black oak Bayou is closed beginning Sept. 1 through the end of waterfowl season. Contact the office for additional details.
    • Primary species include bluegill, crappie, small and largemouth bass, Northern pike, walleye, rock bass and more.
    • Boat ramps are available at Black Oak Bayou, White Oak Bayou and at State Line Road for the Kankakee River.
    • Shoreline fishing is limited but available. An ADA-accessible fishing pier is available at the State Line boat ramp.
    • There is a 12- to 15-inch slot limit for black bass caught on the Kankakee River and its bayous. No more than two that exceed 15 inches may be kept daily.

    Hunting

    • 2020/21 Waterfowl Shooting Schedule
    • Ducks, geese, turkey, deer, rabbit, dove, squirrel, snipe, sora rails and woodcock are common.
    • Waterfowl drawings are at 4:30 a.m. every day. Reserve hunters may come in early to register. Office opens at 4 a.m. on waterfowl draw days.
    • Spring turkey hunting is by reservation only for the entire season. Stand-by draws for turkey hunting will be held at 4:30 a.m. CT for any remaining spots not filled by reserve hunters. Office opens at 4 a.m. during the spring turkey season.
    • Sign in and registration are required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply. See the current hunting regulations for details.
    • 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).
    • Special reserve hunts include dove, turkey, and waterfowl hunts by drawing.
    • Dove hunting is by a draw at 11 a.m. the first two days. After the first two days, we will draw at 11 a.m. if hunting pressure remains high. Once hunting pressure decreases, dove hunting will be self-service. Dove hunting hours are subject to change but are from noon to 5 p.m. for the first two days of the season.

    Trapping

    • Trapping drawing is the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m.
    • There are five trapping units on LaSalle FWA that are divided into two trapping sessions. First session is Nov. 15 through Dec. 20, and the second session is Dec. 21 through the end of trapping season.

    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.

    Wildlife Watching

    • Once part of Grand Kankakee Marsh, LaSalle’s habitat provides an ideal stop over for migrating waterfowl. The month of March provides excellent waterfowl viewing opportunities.
    • Mushrooms, berries, and nuts may be gathered, however, a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks, and fossils.

    Neighboring Land

  • 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.
    • Bagged game must be checked in through the check station or recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check station. Self-service drop boxes are located throughout the property for your convenience.
    • The shooting of woodchuck (groundhogs) is prohibited.
    • Night and predator hunting is only permitted by daily permit cards from the self-serve check station.
    • Dog training is available in Area 3 only. Check in at the self-serve check station.
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