Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area
Linton, IN 47441
Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area in Greene County provides quality hunting, wildlife viewing and trapping opportunities on 9,018 acres of prairie and marsh habitat. About 12,000 wildlife watchers visit each year, and the property records about 3,500 annual hunting efforts (one hunter visit for one day).
The property features a new office and visitor’s center with a panoramic observation deck, large windows to view wildlife, and restrooms. The 6,840 square-foot building, which opened in 2016, uses sustainable and energy efficient materials. A geothermal system provides heating and cooling.
Visitors are required to sign-in at the office or at any self-service centers on the property.
Indiana DNR purchased the property in 2005 with the help of The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Indiana Department of Transportation, United States Fish & Wildlife Service and many other organizations. Prior to acquisition, the previous landowner entered into a permanent easement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This permanent easement was part of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and consisted of 7,200 acres. NRCS then assumed responsibility for the wetland restoration.
- Fishing is allowed at Goose Pond FWA.
- Selected units may be closed to fishing and other activities at certain times throughout the year. Please obey all signs.
- Boat launching from a trailer is allowed on Thousand Islands Lake only. Canoes, kayaks and other small watercraft that can be carried and slid into the water are permissible on the rest of the property.
- Boats are limited to a maximum 12-volt electric motor.
- Waterfowl, quail, rabbit, dove and deer are common. There are also limited opportunities for squirrel and turkey hunting.
- Self-service hunts include squirrel, crow, turkey (after the first three days of spring turkey season), deer archery, deer muzzleloader, frog, sora, snipe, and woodcock (from Oct. 15 - 31), dove (after Sept. 3) and light geese during the Light Goose Conservation Order. All other hunts are draw hunts.
- Check-in is required for all hunting.
- Certain daily bag limits and shooting times at Goose Pond FWA are more restrictive than those allowed statewide. Check at the office or the self-service booths for more details.
- Possession of lead shot while in the field is prohibited.
- Trapping is available through a drawing held on the first Saturday in October.
- Accessible hunting opportunities are available. Inquire at office.
- Goose Pond FWA participates in all youth hunting seasons and occasionally holds special events such as a family frog gigging event and special dove hunts. Inquire at office.
- Archery and muzzleloader hunting are by self-service procedures.
- Hunting during the firearms season is by draw only; drawings are at the Goose Pond office at 6:15 a.m. on Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays.
- Tree stands are allowed from Sept. 15 to Jan. 10. Your name, phone number and address must be visible from the ground.
- Draws are at 5:30 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.
- Hunting starts at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
- Hunting ends at noon on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Light geese (snow/ross) may only be hunted during the Central Zone Waterfowl Seasons and during the Light Goose Conservation Order.
- All units south of County Road 200 South are open for self-service hunting during the Light Goose Conservation Order, and hunting ends at 3 p.m. daily.
- Waterfowl hunters may possess a maximum of 25 shot shells during the teal, duck, and dark goose seasons.
- The first three days of dove season is by draw only; these draws are at 7 a.m. in the office.
- Shooting hours for dove are 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. from Sept. 1 - 3.
- There is a fifty (50) shell limit for dove hunting.
Upland game (quail, rabbit and woodcock)
- Draws are at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Daily bag limit for quail is four (4).
- Hours end at 1 p.m.
- Hunters must leave the field by 2 p.m.
- You must sign in at the property office or self-service stations for all activities.
- Mushroom hunting is allowed by self-service sign-in procedures. No mushroom hunting before 1 p.m. during the spring turkey season.
- A collection permit is required for items other than berries, mushrooms and nuts.
- With nearly 5,000 acres of shallow water wetlands, 1,300 acres of prairie and over 30 miles of levees, Goose Pond FWA provides excellent wildlife watching opportunities.
- Over 260 bird species have been documented.
- Accessible viewing opportunities are available.
- Greene-Sullivan State Forest offers hunting, fishing, camping and horseback riding.
- Redbird State Recreation Area offers off-road vehicle (ORV) riding opportunities.
- Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area offers hunting, fishing and trapping
NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.
Please Read and Obey All Signs.
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.
Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting areas 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 a fishing license the following permits are required:
- ALL property visitors on Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area are required to obtain a one day access permit before entering the field. The cards must be in possession of each visitor and recorded through established check-in procedures outlined at the self-service booths and office. Self-service booths and drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
- Written permission from the Fish &Wildlife Area office is required to enter any waterfowl resting area.
- Partial closures may exist on selected areas at various times of the year. All fishing is closed during waterfowl seasons.
- A DNR Lake Permit is NOT required on Goose Pond FWA.
- 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.