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Greene-Sullivan State Forest

greene-sullivan state forest
2551 S. State Road 159
Dugger, IN 47848

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    For a day of fishing, camping, hunting or just rest and relaxation, Greene-Sullivan State Forest is one of the most beautiful and serene places to visit. Greene-Sullivan was founded in 1936 when various coal companies donated more than 3,000 acres of property to the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. But that was just the beginning. Now the forest boasts almost 9,000 acres of beautiful woodland and rolling hills dotted with more than 120 lakes, making it one of the most unique areas in Indiana.

    If you're not fishing or camping, there's still something for you at Greene-Sullivan State Forest. Other favorite activities include hunting, picnicking, mushroom hunting, horseback riding, photography and wildlife viewing.

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    Primitive (class C) camping is available for a fee; campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Self-check-in stations are located in each campground or at the forest office. Sites have pit toilets and seasonal drinking water available. There is a picnic table and grill located on each of the 100 family campsites of Narrow Lake, Wampler Lake, and Reservoir #26. An additional 20 sites for horse campers only are available in the Horseman's Campground near Ladder Lake. A dumping station is also available. Reservoir #26 has a wheelchair accessible campsite, pit toilets, and playground.

    Rent-a-Camp Cabins

    Greene-Sullivan State Forest has 15 rent-a-camp cabins, which are available year-round. Each cabin has a front porch with a swing. Inside there are two small rooms. The front room offers a small table with bench seats, a corner shelf, a chair, a rocking chair, and a loft. The backroom offers a bunk bed (single) and a double bed (NO LINENS or MATTRESS PROVIDED). Air or cushioned mattress recommended. The cabins feature ceiling fans with light, a heating/cooling unit, and electrical outlets. Reserve cabins online at (NOTE: On-site sales only during off-season/winter months, contact the property for details). No pets, smoking, or cooking permitted in cabins


    With more than 120 lakes scattered throughout Greene-Sullivan State Forest's 9,000 acres, you'll never fall short of fishing opportunities! In fact, the forest offers some of the finest fishing in the state.

    Most of the lakes are stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The state record bluegill, weighing 3 lbs. 4 ounces was taken from Reservoir #26 in 1972. In some of the lakes, you can find channel catfish, bullheads, crappie, and warmouth. Airline Lake is also stocked annually with rainbow trout as part of a statewide put-and-take trout program.

    Reservoir 26 campground has a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier.

    For those who enjoy the serenity of fishing, several of the lakes are "walk-in only" to provide a more secluded fishing experience. Approximately 60 of the lakes have easy access from county roads and have dirt or gravel launching ramps; boating limited to electric trolling motors.

    Muskellunge were stocked in Bass Lake in the fall of 1997. These fish should reach a harvestable size limit of 36" by the year 2000.

    Creel Fishing Surveys

    A partial list of some of the most popular lakes (many are not listed because data is not available):

    LakeAcresMax. DepthAvg. DepthBest Fishing
    Airline2567'26'rainbow trout, bluegill, redear, catfish
    Alder312'8'bluegill, largemouth bass present
    Benefiel6040'20'largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, bullheads
    Big Fry4.510'7'bluegill, channel catfish, buffalo
    Chapel320'9'bluegill, warmouth, redear
    Downing3340'20'bluegill, catfish
    Ellis422'11'bluegill, redear
    Goodman330'17'bluegill, redear, channel catfish
    Graveyard4850'18'largemouth bass, carp, buffalo, crappie, catfish
    Ladder512'8'bluegill *Note: a long, narrow pit with steep shoreline. Drops sharply to 12'
    Lonnie428'10'largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, catfish
    Lower Fry2.410'6'Unknown. Renovated and restocked in 1991 with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear
    Narrow924'8'largemouth bass, crappie, redear
    Reservoir #264215'4'largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, catfish
    Scott1655'26'largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, channel catfish, buffalo, carp *Note: almost entire shoreline drops off sharply to 15' deep
    Shake #2525'12'unknown
    Smedley630'15'bluegill *Note: walk-in fishing only
    Spencer522'12.5'Unknown. Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, crappie, channel catfish present
    Star526'16'largemouth bass, redear, crappie
    Todd938'15'redear, largemouth bass, bullhead
    Tree616'10'largemouth bass, bluegill
    Trout420'14'bluegill, redear
    Walnut518'10'Unknown. Largemouth bass, redear, bluegill present
    Wampler8038'7.5'largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, catfish, crappie


    Whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, fox, and raccoon. A valid hunting license is required. Hikers and horseback riders are advised to wear hunter orange or other bright clothing while on trails during hunting season.


    There are picnic areas and four picnic shelter houses available for day use. Picnic tables and grills are located at the picnic sites. Wheelchair accessible picnic tables are available at Narrow Lake, Reservoir 26, and the Orion shelters.

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    All horses brought, driven or ridden onto the State Forest must have a valid annual horse use tag.

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