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Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area

 Chinook FWA
Managed by Deer Creek FWA
Mailing Address:
2001 W CR 600 S
Greencastle, IN 46135
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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  • Description


    Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area is 2,141 acres of rolling grasslands and unreformed wooded parcels. Approximately 80 acres of the property is water (mostly strip pits).

    Originally leased as a Public Fishing Area in 1982, Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area opened in 1997 and consisted of 2,141 acres of surface mine land near Vigo county in western Clay County.

    Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Chinook Fish and 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 anglers are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

    Frequently Asked Questions
  • Activities



    • Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area provides fishing for bluegill, redear, bass, trout, crappie and catfish from six strip pits on the property. The strip pits range in size from 3 to 33 acres.
    • A 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass is in effect.
    • The property has six boat ramps located at Little George, Scheister, Worm, Daredevil, Stump Jumper, and Hawg Pits.
    • Electric motors are only permitted on the strip pits.
    • Shoreline fishing is available.


    • A self-service daily check-in is required for hunting.
    • Self-service check-in is required for quail, rabbit, deer, woodcock, duck and goose hunting. Night hunting is also available for raccoon, coyote, fox and other furbearers. 
    • Dove hunting on managed sunflower fields requires the use of non-toxic shot.
    • Spring turkey hunting opportunities are allocated by an online preseason draw for the first six days of the season. To register for a preseason draw, go to dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm. A successfully drawn hunter can bring one non-hunting partner. After the first six days, hunting will be permitted daily by self-service check-in for the remainder of the season.
    • Fall turkey hunting is by self-service check in.
    • All deer hunting opportunities are permitted by self-service check in. Bonus antlerless tags are not permitted, and there will be no deer hunting during the special antlerless season.


    • Trapping is permitted by draw only. The draw is held the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. at the Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area property office. Call Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area for details at 765-653-0453.

    Additional Opportunities

    • Mushroom hunters may not enter the field until 1 p.m. local time during spring turkey season.
    • Nature enthusiasts interested in sightseeing or nature studies should inquire at the (765) 653-0453.
    • View deer, turkey, waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors that make their home on the property.
    • Blackberries, raspberries, morels and black walnuts may be gathered at the property.

      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 forfiet your hunting, fishing, or visiting privileges on this area.


    The Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, will not be held responsible for any accidents or deaths occurring from the use of these facilities.


    A self-service daily check-in is required for hunting.


    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.


    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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