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Wabash River Conservation Area

Managed by Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area
Office Hours: M-Th, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET
and Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area
Office Hours: Feb. 15-April 30
M-F: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sa: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Su: Noon to 4 p.m. 
May 1-Feb. 14
M-F: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sa: 9 a.m.- noon
Su: Closed
Closest town:
Hillsdale, IN 47854

  • Description


    The Wabash River Conservation Area is a Healthy Rivers INitiative project area that spans more than 43,000 acres. It begins along the tributary creek at Shades State Park and runs southwest to where it joins the Wabash River. Following the Wabash River 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 River and stretches across five counties: Montgomery, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo.

    About 419 acres are now open within the Wabash River Conservation Area.

    Parking lot physical address:

    Parking Lot 301
    4261 E. 600 S.
    Hillsdale, IN 47850

  • Activities


    Montezuma Public Access Site is in Reeder Park, south of U.S. 36 off of Washington Street.

    Shoreline fishing along the Wabash is allowed.

    All size and bag limits apply.


    The area is mainly a river-bottom floodplain bordered by a hardwood treeline along the Wabash. Hunting is available for waterfowl, deer and squirrel. Furbearers are also abundant throughout the area. Limited opportunities are available for turkey, rabbit, quail and woodcock.

    No check-in is required to hunt or fish throughout the area.

    All hunting seasons and bag limits apply.

    Tree stands are allowed to be up overnight between Sept. 1 and Jan. 10.

    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

    The Wabash River bottoms 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 1 p.m. daily 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.

    The Wabash River-Vermillion County Conservation Area (Parking Lot WR-V-2) east of the town of Clinton does not allow the discharge of firearms. Bow hunting is permissible.

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