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Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area

 Glendale FWA
6001 E 600 S
Montgomery, IN 47558
(812) 644-7711
Office Hours: M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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  • Description


    Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 8,060 acres of land and over 1,400 acres of lakes and impoundments.

    Acquisition of the land which comprises the property began in 1956, and land purchases were made through the 1960s. Several minor purchases were made in the 1970s. The construction of the dam that formed Dogwood Lake began in 1963 and was completed in 1965. The lake was renovated in 1978 and restocked with fish in 1979. Average depth of Dogwood Lake is eight feet.

    Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of the property 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



    • Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area provides over 1,400 acres of available water­, including 22 ponds and Dogwood Lake.
    • No check-in is required for fishing. Some areas including Dogwood Lake are restricted or closed during waterfowl seasons. Ask at headquarters for restrictions.
    • Primary species include catfish, crappie, bluegill, redear and largemouth bass.
    • Dove hollow marsh, Dogwood Lake and the White River have concrete boat ramps. Big Piney, Horseshoe Pond Redwing Pond and Wren Pond have gravel boat ramps.
    • Motor restrictions: on Dogwood Lake there is a 10 mph limit that is enforced; all other small impoundments on the property are restricted to oars or trolling motors only.
    • Horseshoe Pond and Dogwood Lake have fishing piers accessible to persons with disabilities.
    • Shoreline fishing and fishing piers are located on Dogwood Lake (see map).
    • See posted signs for largemouth bass size limits on Dogwood Lake. There is a 14-inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass on all small impoundments. All other size and bag limits apply. See Fishing Regulations for details.


    • Deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, snipe, dove, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are common at Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area.
    • Check-in is required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply. See Hunting Regulations for details. Special hunts include dove and waterfowl hunts by drawing, put-and-take pheasant hunts and pre-registration is required for wild turkey hunting.
    • Area F is designated dog training.


    • Campground includes 67 Class A sites with electrical outlets and 54 Class B sites. Some camp sites have fire rings. Firewood is sold at the boat rental concessions. Camping is open all year on a first come first serve basis. A picnic area is also available.
    • The comfort station, located in the campgrounds, provides heated showers and flush toilets. It is open from April 1 to Oct. 31. Water fountains are open from April 15 to Oct. 15.
    • Boat rental is located southwest of the check station.
    • The maximum speed on Dogwood Lake is 10 mph. 

    Wildlife Watching

    • 8,060 acres of upland game habitat, marshes, shallow impoundments, a 1,400 acre lake and small woodlots attract songbirds, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, osprey, bald eagles and a wide variety of waterfowl.

    Additional Opportunities

    • Wetland trapping is available through drawing only. Ask for details.
    • A dog training area is provided in section F (see map).
    • Additional hunting opportunities include: dove and waterfowl hunts by drawings and put-and-take pheasant hunts. Pre-registration is required for turkey hunting.
    • Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area provides 121 camping sites and a comfort station, no reservations are needed. Boat rental and picnic areas are provided.
    • Hunting areas and fishing piers accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details.
    • Blackberries, persimmon, hickory nuts, morels and walnuts may be gathered from the property.
    • East Fork State Fish Hatchery is located at Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area. .

    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 on Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area must be obtained before entering the field. Daily hunt permit cards must be in possession of the hunter and recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check station. Self-service drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
    • A permit from the fish and wildlife headquarters is required to enter the waterfowl resting areas.
    • Collecting permits are required from the property manager or DNR for the collection of anything except nuts, berries, and mushrooms.


    Camping, picnicking, and open campfires are allowed in designated areas only. (Unloaded firearms, unstrung bows and arrows, and air guns may be possessed, but not used in camping and picnic areas. All weapons must be stored or carried in a case, or locked within a vehicle while in these areas.) No swimming is allowed.


    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.


    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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  • White River Bend Wildlife Management Area


    White River Bend (WMA) is a 710-acre tract of land purchased by the DNR in 2012 to provide additional hunting opportunities. The property is located northwest of Washington, Indiana. The property is protected in the lifelong Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) to maintain this part of a floodplain for the White River. The property provides hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, and waterfowl.  The unique property is comprised by a mix of dense hardwood, wetland, and upland habitat. Please call Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area for any questions concerning this property at (812) 644-7711.

  • Oak Grove Wildlife Management Area


    Oak Grove Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 70-acre tract of land purchased by the DNR in 2013 to provide additional hunting opportunities. This property is located northwest of Washington, Indiana. The property is protected in perpetuity under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP). The property provides hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and other upland game. This unique property is composed of hardwood and upland habitats with a small marshland. Please contact Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area with any questions concerning this property.