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Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area

Tri-County FWA
8432 N. 850 E.
Syracuse, IN 46567
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
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  • Description


    Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,546 acres of land, with 650 acres of lakes and impoundments. This area is composed of flat to rolling upland fields and gradual to steep slopes of oak-hickory woodlands, falling off to depressions of wetlands. Tri-County includes 10 natural lakes with water depths of 75 feet.

    Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area was established in 1951. By 1953, formal management of the property was underway. In 1963, a dam was constructed at the outlet of six natural lakes, creating Flatbelly Marsh. This wetland is an important area for migratory waterfowl, furbearers, shorebirds and fish. Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area 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 fishermen are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

  • Activities



    • Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area has 10 natural lakes and 32 man-made impoundments with 200 acres of restored open water wetlands.
    • No check-in is required for fishing. All fishing areas are closed during waterfowl seasons.
    • Primary species include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, crappie and put and take trout.
    • Boats with electric motors are allowed on lakes and ponds. No gas motors permitted.
    • Shoreline fishing is available at Goldeneye Pond, Bass Pond and the Wawasee Family Fishing Area.
    • There is a special size and bag limit for largemouth bass on all Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area waters. All other species size and bag limits apply.


    • Hunting opportunities for woodland game, upland game, waterfowl and furbearers are available.
    • Daily check-in is required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply. See the current hunting regulations for details.
    • Contact property headquarters for information on special hunts and pre-registration.
    • 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, i.e. screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers).
    • For waterfowl and turkey reserved hunt or drawing, doors open at 5 a.m. and the draw is at 5:30 a.m. For dove, doors open at 10 a.m. and the draw is at 11 a.m. For put-and-take pheasant, hunting starts at 9 a.m.
    • A trapping draw is held on the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. Special restrictions apply.
    • Please contact the Tri-County property office for information on upcoming youth hunting and fishing events.
    • Hunting and fishing areas accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details.
    • A dog training area is provided in area B (see map).

    Other Activities

    There is no sign in required to scout, fish, hike or wildlife watch.

    Nuts, berries and mushrooms may be gathered from the property. Mushroom hunting is allowed after 1 p.m. during turkey hunting season.

    Target ranges

    • Shooting and archery ranges are located near the property headquarters.
    • Tri County offers 10-, 50- and 100-yard ranges and a trap range.
    • Target ranges are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis. All shooters must obey range rules and regulations.
    • Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.
    • Archery Range: Open daily sunrise to sunset.

    Wildlife watching

    • Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area is composed of flat to rolling upland fields with oak hickory woodlands, falling off into wetlands and natural lakes. It provides excellent wildlife viewing throughout the year.

    Neighboring land

    • Deniston Resource Area, Wawasee Family Fishing Area, Durham Lake Wetland Conservation Area, Pisqah Nongame Area and Chain-O-Lakes State Park are located nearby. Information on these areas is available at the property headquarters.

    NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

    Please Read and Obey All Signs.

  • Rules


    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.

    Posted Areas

    Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting, 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 to forfeit your hunting, fishing, or visiting privileges on this area.


    The Division of Fish & 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 during the day on Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area must be obtained before entering the field. One-day hunting permit cards must be in possession of the hunter at all times. 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 on the property for your convenience.
    • No shooting of woodchuck (groundhogs) is allowed.
    • Night and predator hunting, as well as night running, is permitted by using one-day permit cards available at the self-service check-in booth.
    • A permit from the fish and wildlife headquarters is required to enter the waterfowl resting areas.
    • Collection permits are required from the property manager or DNR for collection of everything except nuts, berries, and mushrooms.


    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. Please be courteous to neighboring landowners. Look for property boundary and safety zone signs. Do not trespass on private property.


    All DNR properties managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, unless otherwise noted, have spring turkey hunting hours one-half hour before sunrise until noon (CT) or 1 p.m. (ET). Mushroom hunters are required to stay out of the field until after this time. Contact the property you are planning to visit for more information.

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