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Sugar Creek Conservation Area

Sugar Creek Project Area
Office Hours: M-Th, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET
Turkey Run State Park
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Mailing Address: 6328 E High Bridge Road
Marshall, IN 47859

  • Description


    The Wabash River and Sugar Creek project area spans more than 43,000 acres. It begins along the tributary Sugar Creek at Shades State Park and runs southwest to where it joins the Wabash. Following the Wabash south-southwest, the project area ends at Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area, south of Terre Haute. The project area follows 94 river miles along the Wabash and stretches across five counties: Montgomery, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.

    About 1,321 acres are now open in the Sugar Creek Conservation Area, which is primarily forested with rugged terrain and is rich in biological diversity. Habitats found in this area include, upland forests, ravine forests, cliffs, bottomland forests, flatwoods, seeps and springs. Wildlife species commonly found include deer, turkey and migratory birds.

    Parking area addresses:

    • Parking Lot 101 is at 6328 E. High Bridge Road, Marshall, 47859
    • Parking Lot 201 North is at 1475 W 950 N, Bloomingdale, 47832
    • Parking Lot 201 South is at 1575 W 830 N, Bloomingdale, 47832
  • Activities



    Sugar Creek public access site is located south of State Road 32, off of West County Road 250 S.

    Shoreline fishing along Sugar Creek is allowed. All size and bag limits apply.


    Deep canyons, hemlock groves and hardwood hillsides compose most of the area. Hunting is available for squirrel, turkey, and deer.

    Furbearers are also abundant throughout the area. Limited opportunities for rabbit, quail, and woodcock. No check-in is required to hunt or fish throughout the area. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply.

    There are no draws for reserved hunting.

    Youth can hunt during the special youth seasons throughout the year.


    Trapping is permitted. Upland trapping is restricted to the use of dog-proof traps and #2 traps or smaller. Snares are NOT permitted. Conibears are permitted ONLY covered by water. Any questions are to be directed to Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area at 765-653-0453.

    Other Activities

    Sugar Creek is a great place to view a wide variety of birds and waterfowl. River otters, beavers, deer and other mammals are also common.

    Office sign-in is not required to scout, fish, hike or wildlife watch.

    Gathering berries, nuts and mushrooms is allowed; however, spring mushroom hunting is restricted to after noon during the spring turkey season. The collection of ginseng is not allowed.

    There is no shooting range.

    NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

    Please Read and Obey All Signs.

  • Rules

    A record of Fish & Wildlife Area property rules can be found on the Indiana Fish & Wildlife Area Rules webpage.  Property specific rules can be found below, if applicable.  Contact the property directly for specific questions.


     Target shooting is prohibited.

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