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Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area

Managed by Sugar Ridge FWA
(812) 789-2724
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  • Description


    The Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area office manages the Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife area. Office hours are M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern Time. Call (812) 789-2724 for specifics.


    Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area is a unique natural resource area because all of the land has been stripmined. Blue Grass covers approximately 2,532 acres and features about 28 pits and lakes (600 acres of water). Blue Grass is dedicated to providing and maintaining quality hunting, fishing and wildlife watching opportunities.

    The area is named after Blue Grass Creek, which lies just east of the property. Amax Coal Company began mining operations in October 1973, and ceased operations in 1993. Re-vegetation was carried out using herbaceous cover and woody species planted in clumps and strips. This is a unique area, one that offers outdoor enthusiasts an array of opportunity. Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Blue Grass 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 fishermen are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • Activities



    • Seven boat ramps are available on five pits.
    • Outboards are permitted on Blue Grass, Otter and Loon pits at idle speed only. Electric trolling motors only on all other pits.
    • Blue Grass is closed to fishing during the regular south zone hunting seasons.
    • Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area provides approximately 600 acres of water in 28 pits. No check-in is required for fishing.
    • An 18-inch size limit for largemouth bass and 2 fish bag limit is in effect on Blue Grass Pit and Loon Pit. A 14-inch size limit for largemouth bass on all other pits. All other state size and bag limits apply.
    • Fishing for largemouth bass, black and white crappie, catfish and muskie is common. Other species, such as bluegill, redear and river species, are present.


    • Deer, quail, rabbit, and waterfowl are common at Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area.
    • Self-service check-in is required. A self-service permit station is located on the property. Daily permit cards must be in the possession of the hunter to enter the field. The cards must be returned to any of the drop boxes at the end of the day. Drop boxes are located throughout the property.
    • Special Guidelines:
    • Waterfowl hunting is allowed one half hour before sunrise until noon (local time) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Hunting in waterfowl resting area is not allowed. Blinds may be constructed but must be removed at the end of the hunt day.
    • Small Game hunting is permitted on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during legal hunting hours.
    • Deer hunting is allowed every day during deer season, during legal hunting hours.
    • Spring turkey hunting is allowed every day during the spring turkey season, one-half hour before sunrise until noon CDT.
    • Fall turkey hunting is allowed every day during the fall turkey season, during legal hunting hours.

    Wildlife Watching

    • More than 2,500 acres of upland habitat, shallow impoundments and lakes attract a wide variety of song birds, hawks, and waterfowl.


    • Camping, picnicking, and open campfires are not allowed. No swimming is allowed.

    Additional Opportunities

    • Wetland trapping by permit only. Trapping opportunities allocated through drawing. For details, call (812) 789-2724
    • No camping, picnic or boat rental provided.
    • Mushrooms, berries and nuts may be gathered, however a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks and fossils.
    • Hunting and fishing areas for the disabled are available through written permit from Sugar Ridge FWA.
    • Dog training is allowed only in the area north of Boonville-New Harmony Road.

    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 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 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 Atterbury Fish & 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 checking station. Self-service drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
    • Night and predator hunting is only permitted by daily permit cards from the property manager.
    • A permit from the fish and wildlife headquarters is required to enter the waterfowl resting area.
    • No check-in or written permission is required for fishing. There is a minimum size limit of 14-inches for largemouth bass in effect on all state-owned, operated or leased waters except for free flowing streams. Partial closures exist on five fishing areas during waterfowl hunting season.
    • A launching permit is NOT required on Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area.


    • 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.
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