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Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area

 Fairbanks Landing FWA
Managed by Goose Pond FWA
(812) 512-9185
Feb. 15-June 30
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
July 1-Feb. 14
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday: Closed
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Mailing Address:
13540 W County Road 400S
Linton, IN 47441

  • Description


    Fairbanks Landing is managed by Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area. For more information call the Goose Pond office at (812) 512-9185.

    Fairbanks Landing is being operated under an agreement between Indiana Michigan Power and Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife.

  • Activities



    • Fishing is allowed. All state rules and regulations apply.


    • Deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, dove, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are common.
    • All hunters are required to check in to hunt, daily, at the self service check station at the corner of CR 925 N and CR 800 W.
    • The first two days of deer firearms season is by reserve draw only. All other deer hunting is by self-service procedures.
    • Tree stands are allowed from Sept. 1 to Jan. 31; your name, phone number and address must be visible from the ground.
    • The first six days of spring turkey hunting is by reserve draw only.
    • Quail limit is 4 per day.
    • During waterfowl season, there are no daily drawings.
    • Fairbanks Landing FWA participates in all youth hunting seasons.
    • All hunting seasons and bag limits apply.
    • Trapping is by self-service, sign-in procedures. All traps and snares must be set underwater.
    • Dog training is permitted in the designated area shown on the property map. This area extends north from County Road 1050 N to County Road 1150 N and east from County Road 800 W to County Road 675 W. You must sign in on the Dog Running/Night Hunting sheet daily when training dogs.
    • There is no shooting range.


    • Trapping opportunities are available at Fairbanks Landing.

    Other Activities

    • No sign-in is required to scout, fish, hike, forage or wildlife watch.
    • No mushroom hunting is allowed until after 1 p.m. during the spring turkey season.


    • Camping, swimming, and open campfires are not allowed.

    Wildlife Watching

    • 7, 234 acres that includes bottomland woods and adjoining farmlands along the Wabash River, attracting deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, hawks, owls, osprey, bald eagles and a wide variety of songbirds.

    Neighboring land

    • Chinook and Hillenbrand fish and wildlife areas are located east of Fairbanks. They contain about 5,800 acres of reclaimed grasslands as a byproduct of coal mining.
    • Goose Pond is approximately 8,000 acres of restored wetlands and grassland, located south of Linton.

    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. Pursuant to the Authority of Chapter 60, Acts of 1919, Chapter 120 and Chapter 353, Acts of 1945, Chapter 221, Acts of 1957, Chapter 406 and Chapter 441, Acts of 1965; and the Indiana Code of 1971, 14-3-3.

    Posted Areas

    Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting areas 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 for forfeiting 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 form the use of these facilities.


    In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license the following permits are required:

    • All hunters must check in at the corner of CR 925 N and CR 800 W before hunting and obtain a one day permit card.


    • 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.
    • No motorized vehicles, horses or bicycles are permitted beyond county roads.
    • Park along county roads (off of the county right-of-way), within 50 feet of the road. Keep access roads, farmland or access to farmland clear.
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