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Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area

 Chinook FWA
Managed by Deer Creek FWA
Mailing Address:
2001 W CR 600 S
Greencastle, IN 46135
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
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Chinook FWA advisories

  • None at this time.

  • Description


    Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area is 2,141 acres of rolling grasslands and unreformed wooded parcels. Approximately 80 acres of the property is water (mostly strip pits).

    Originally leased as a Public Fishing Area in 1982, Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area opened in 1997 and consisted of 2,141 acres of surface mine land near Vigo county in western Clay County.

    Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Chinook 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 anglers are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

  • Activities



    • Chinook Fish & Wildlife Area provides fishing for bluegill, redear, bass, trout, crappie and catfish from six strip pits on the property. The strip pits range in size from 3 to 33 acres.
    • A 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass is in effect.
    • The property has six boat ramps located at Little George, Scheister, Worm, Daredevil, Stump Jumper, and Hawg Pits.
    • Electric motors are only permitted on the strip pits.
    • Shoreline fishing is available.


    • A self-service daily check-in is required for hunting.
    • Self-service check-in is required for quail, rabbit, deer, woodcock, duck and goose hunting. Night hunting is also available for raccoon, coyote, fox and other furbearers. 
    • Dove hunting on managed sunflower fields requires the use of non-toxic shot.
    • Spring turkey hunting opportunities are allocated by an online preseason draw for the first six days of the season. To register for a preseason draw, go to dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm. A successfully drawn hunter can bring one non-hunting partner. After the first six days, hunting will be permitted daily by self-service check-in for the remainder of the season.
    • Fall turkey hunting is by self-service check in.
    • All deer hunting opportunities are permitted by self-service check in. Bonus antlerless tags are not permitted, and there will be no deer hunting during the special antlerless season.
    • Tree stands may be left overnight from noon Sept. 15 through Jan. 10.  All stands must be marked with the owner’s name, address, and phone number OR with their DNR Customer ID Number.


    • Trapping is permitted by draw only. The draw is held the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. at the Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area property office. Call Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area for details at 765-653-0453.

    Wildlife Watching

    • For non-hunting activities, sign in on the “non-hunting” sheet and carry a permit card. 
    • Nature enthusiasts interested in sightseeing or nature studies should contact the Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area office at 765-653-0453.
    • View deer, turkey, waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors that make their home on the property.
    • Mushrooms, berries, and nuts may be gathered, however a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks and fossils.

    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.


    In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license, the following permits are required:

    • A self-service daily check-in is required for hunting.
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