Goose Pond FWA advisories
- The Goose Pond FWA Visitor Center parking lot will be closed to all traffic from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 for seal coating and new paint. The nearest parking to the Visitor Center is the Field C parking lot located off of C.R. 400 S. The Visitor Center will remain open.
- Please note there are road closures and detours in the area due to road construction and maintenance. Areas affected currently include a segment of State Road 59 and County Road 400 South. Please follow detour signage and allow extra time for any necessary detours.
- Properties are operating hunt and trap draws differently in this year due to COVID-19. View the property procedures.
- The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) in Greene County provides quality hunting, wildlife viewing and trapping opportunities on 9,018 acres of prairie and marsh habitat. About 12,000 wildlife watchers visit each year, and the property records about 3,500 annual hunting efforts (one hunter visit for one day).
The property features a new office and visitor’s center with a panoramic observation deck, large windows to view wildlife, and restrooms. The 6,840 square-foot building, which opened in 2016, uses sustainable and energy efficient materials. A geothermal system provides heating and cooling.
Visitors are required to sign-in at the office or at any self-service centers on the property.
Indiana DNR purchased the property in 2005 with the help of The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Indiana Department of Transportation, United States Fish & Wildlife Service and many other organizations. Prior to acquisition, the previous landowner entered into a permanent easement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This permanent easement was part of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and consisted of 7,200 acres. NRCS then assumed responsibility for the wetland restoration.
- Fishing is allowed at Goose Pond FWA.
- Selected units may be closed to fishing and other activities at certain times throughout the year. Please obey all signs.
- Boat launching from a trailer is allowed on Thousand Islands Lake only. Canoes, kayaks and other small watercraft that can be carried and slid into the water are permissible on the rest of the property.
- Boats are limited to a maximum 12-volt electric motor.
- Self-service hunts include squirrel, crow, turkey (after the first three days of spring turkey season), deer archery, deer muzzleloader, frog, sora, snipe, and woodcock (from Oct. 15 - 31), dove (after Sept. 3) and light geese during the Light Goose Conservation Order. All other hunts are draw hunts.
- Check-in is required for all hunting.
- Certain daily bag limits and shooting times at Goose Pond FWA are more restrictive than those allowed statewide. Check at the office or the self-service booths for more details.
- Possession of lead shot while in the field is prohibited.
- Accessible hunting opportunities are available. Inquire at the office.
- Goose Pond FWA participates in all youth hunting seasons and occasionally holds special events such as a family frog gigging event and special dove hunts. Inquire at the office.
- Archery and muzzleloader hunting are by self-service procedures.
- Hunting during the firearms season is by draw only; drawings are at the Goose Pond office at 6:15 a.m. on Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays.
- Tree stands are allowed from Sept. 15 to Jan. 10. Your name, phone number and address must be visible from the ground OR DNR customer ID number must be visible from the ground.
- Draws are at 5:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.
- Hunting starts at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
- Light geese (snow/ross) may only be hunted during the Central Zone Waterfowl Seasons and during the Light Goose Conservation Order.
- All units south of County Road 200 South are open for self-service hunting during the Light Goose Conservation Order, and hunting ends at 3 p.m. daily.
- Waterfowl hunters may possess a maximum of 25 shot shells during the teal, duck, and dark goose seasons.
- The first three days of dove season are by draw only; these draws are at 6:30 a.m. in the office.
- Shooting hours for dove are 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. from Sept. 1 - 3.
- There is a fifty (50) shell limit for dove hunting.
Upland Game (Quail, Rabbit and Woodcock)
- Draws are at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and hunting hours are from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Hunting hours end at 1 p.m. and hunters must leave the field by 2 p.m.
- Trapping is available through a drawing held on the first Saturday in October.
- 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.
- While you’re at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, have fun and fill a bucket with trash!
- Check out a bucket at the Goose Pond FWA Visitor Center, take it with you to fill with trash, and dump the trash when you return the bucket.
- You can also bring your own 5 gallon bucket and pack out the trash with you.
- Report your good work by posting a photo on the Facebook group page "5 gallon challenge" and use the hashtag #bucketINtrashOUT. Every bucket counts.
- Your small act of kindness helps to keep our public lands healthy and beautiful. For additional details, stop in the Visitor Center.
- With nearly 5,000 acres of shallow water wetlands, 1,300 acres of prairie and over 30 miles of levees, Goose Pond FWA provides excellent wildlife watching opportunities.
- Over 260 bird species have been documented at Goose Pond FWA.
- Accessible viewing opportunities are available.
- You must sign in at the property office or self-service stations for all activities.
- Mushrooms, berries, and nuts may be gathered, however a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks and fossils.
- Greene-Sullivan State Forest offers hunting, fishing, camping and horseback riding.
- Redbird State Recreation Area offers off-road vehicle (ORV) riding opportunities.
- Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area offers hunting, fishing and trapping
NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.
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 property visitors on Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area are required to obtain a one-day access permit before entering the field. The cards must be in possession of each visitor and recorded through established check-in procedures outlined at the self-service booths and office. Self-service booths and drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
- Written permission from Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife headquarters is required to enter any waterfowl resting area on the property.
- Partial closures may exist on selected areas at various times of the year. All fishing is closed during waterfowl seasons.
- A DNR Lake Permit is NOT required on Goose Pond FWA.