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Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area

Pigeon River FWA
Location Address:
8310 E. 300 N. 
Howe, IN 46746
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 71
Mongo, IN 46771
260-367-2164
Office Hours: M-F: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET
Email: PigeonRiverFWA@dnr.IN.gov 
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Pigeon River 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.
  • Description

    This property is a stop on the

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    Learn more at www.indianabirdingtrail.com.

    Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities while maintaining 11,794 acres of land, 529 acres of lakes and impoundments and 17 miles of free flowing river.

    The area was established in 1956 when three reservoirs in the Pigeon River Valley were given to the state. These included Mongo, Nasby and Ontario. Since then, the state has acquired additional land along the river valley.

  • 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

    • Pigeon River FWA has 17 miles of river, 266 acres of lakes, 263 acres of impoundments, and 356 acres of restored open-water wetlands.
    • Most fishing areas and portions of the Pigeon River are closed during waterfowl seasons. Ask at office for restrictions.
    • Primary species include catfish, crappie, bluegill, Northern pike, smallmouth bass, redear, largemouth bass, trout, and yellow perch.
    • Boats with electric motors are allowed on lakes and ponds. See map for boat ramp locations.
    • Shoreline fishing is available on Beaver Dam Lake, Stayner Lake, and Little Stayner Lake; Troxel, Mongo, Nasby and Ontario millponds; and Massasauga Marsh, East Pool, Rainbow Pit and Catfish Pond.
    • All state size and bag limits apply. See a copy of the current fishing regulations for details.

    Hunting

    • Hunting for furbearers, deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, dove, pheasant, and wild turkey is common.
    • Daily registration is required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply.
    • Special hunts include youth waterfowl, daily waterfowl drawings, drawings for turkey hunting and put-and-take pheasant hunts.
    • Waterfowl drawings are held as needed at 5:30 a.m.
    • For the first two days of dove season, the drawing is done online (reserved.) Reserved hunters must check in by 11 a.m. No-show drawings for dove season are done on site at 11 a.m.
    • For all of the spring turkey hunting season, the drawings are done online (reserved.) Reserved hunters must check in by 5:30 am. No-show drawings for spring turkey hunting are held at 5:30 a.m.
    • Put-and-take pheasant hunters may claim their reservation daily, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • 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 (anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, e.g., screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers).
    • Area A is designated for dog training.
    • The trapping drawing is held annually at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of October.
    • Hunting areas accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details at office.
      *Youth hunting/shooting events are available. Ask at office.

    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

    • This FWA is a long narrow property along the floodplain of the Pigeon River. It provides excellent waterfowl watching during the spring migration.
    • Mushrooms, berries, and nuts may be gathered; however, a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks, and fossils.

    Shooting Range

    • A rifle and archery range is located near the property headquarters. There is no fee for use.
    • Target ranges are open to the public on a first come first serve basis. All shooters must obey range rules and regulations.
    • See the Fish & Wildlife Area Shooting Ranges webpage for hours.

    Neighboring Land

    • Tamarack Bog Nature Preserve, Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station, Fawn River State Fish Hatchery and Pokagon State Park are located nearby.

      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.
    • Permission to hunt during the day must be obtained before entering the field. Hunting badges or one-day hunting permit cards must always be in the possession of the hunter. Bagged game must be checked in through the check-in station or recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check-in station. Self-service drop boxes are located throughout the property for your convenience.
    • 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.
    • Shooting of woodchucks (groundhogs) is prohibited.
    • A permit from the Pigeon River FWA office is required to enter the waterfowl resting areas.
      *Dog training is available in Area A only. Sign up and obtain a permit at the office in Mongo.
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