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Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area

Deer Creek FWA
Deer Creek FWA is west of Putnamville, IN
(Putnam county) off of U.S. 40.  
Mailing Address:
2001 W. County Road 600 S
Greencastle, IN 46135
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m ET

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  • Description


    Possession of the land which comprises Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area began in 2010 with a transfer of 1,962 acres from the Putnamville Correctional Facility to the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife. After 2010, several more parcels were added to Deer Creek, bringing the current total to 2,175 acres. The property is comprised of rolling interspersed agriculture and mature oak-hickory woods. A four-acre pond on the north portion offers fishing for bass, bluegill and catfish. Deer Creek winds through the south portion of the property, with a low-head dam, iron bridge and a concrete creek crossing. A smaller, unnamed creek crosses the north portion of the property.

  • Activities



    • Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area provides fishing on a 4-acre pond located on the north portion of the property, and in Deer Creek, which runs through the southern portion.
    • Check-in is required for fishing.
    • Primary species include catfish, crappie, bluegill, redear and largemouth bass.
    • There are no boat ramps located on the property.
    • Only electric trolling motors are allowed.
    • Shoreline fishing is allowed. There is a 14-inch-minimum size limit for largemouth bass on all small impoundments and 12-inch-minimum size limit on Deer Creek. All other size and bag limits apply.
    • Fishing accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details.


    • All hunting at Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area requires the use of non-toxic shot.
    • Deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, dove, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are available at Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area.
    • Squirrel and woodcock are permitted daily during seasons by self-service check-in.
    • Quail: Saturday and Wednesday open hunts. Non-toxic shot only. Quail limit is 4.
    • Rabbit: Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday open hunts. Non-toxic shot only.
    • Turkey hunting
      • Spring season: During the first five days of spring season, there will be three, two-day hunts allocated by pre-season draw. Register for a pre-season draw. A successfully drawn hunter can bring one non-hunting partner. After the first five days, hunting will be permitted daily by self-service check-in for the remainder of the season.
      • Fall season: Hunting is permitted daily by self-service check-in.
    • Waterfowl hunting is permitted by self-service check-in during waterfowl season.
    • Dove hunting is permitted by self-service check-in during dove season. Hunting hours are from 8 a.m. until noon on the first three days of the season. After the first three days, hunting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset. Non-toxic shot only.
    • Snipe, rail and coot hunting are not allowed.
    • Furbearer hunting is permitted by self-service check-in during furbearer season.
    • Deer stands are allowed overnight between Sept. 15 and Jan. 10.  Tree stands must be marked with the owner’s name, address, and phone number OR the owner’s DNR Customer ID Number.
    • Deer firearm season is by draw only. Contact property headquarters for information on advance registration.
    • Hunting areas accessible to persons with disabilities are available. Ask for details.


    Wildlife Watching

    • 2,175 acres of upland and forested habitat, shallow impoundments and Deer Creek attract songbirds, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, turkeys and deer.
    •  Users that are wildlife watching, walking, gathering nuts, etc. must sign in on the “non-hunting” sheet and carry a permit card with them.

    Shooting Range

    • The shooting range at Deer Creek FWA is located at 8004 South S.R. 243, Cloverdale, IN 46120. 
    • Visit Fish & Wildlife Area shooting ranges for hours of operation. The range hours change seasonally.
    • Fees for the range are $4 a day. Visitors should bring their own targets and ammunition. Use of eye and ear protection is required of all participants and observers. Target practice is permitted only in established ranges. The range includes a 10-yard pistol range, a 25-yard range, a 50-yard range, and a 100-yard range. A separate shotgun range is also available.
    • The shooting range is ADA compliant, safe, modern and staffed by qualified range officers. Indoor restrooms accessible to persons with disabilities are available.
    • For more information or to contact the range, please call 765-276-3032.

    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.

    Neighboring Land

    Please keep in mind the Putnamville Correctional Facility adjoins Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area. Trespassing on Putnamville Correctional Facility will not be tolerated by the Department of Correction.


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

    • Permission to hunt on Deer Creek FWA must be obtained before entering the field. Daily hunt permit cards must be in possession of the hunter and recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check station. Self-service drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
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  • Green Valley Public Fishing Area

    Green Valley Public Fishing Area

    Green Valley Public Fishing Area is about 150 acres of wooded ground in Vigo County, Indiana. Green Valley Lake was originally constructed as a water supply reservoir for a coal mining operation. At the time the lake was constructed, it had a surface area of 40 acres. In 1994, a new 13-acre basin was created. That basin has a maximum depth of about 20 feet, with an average depth of 10 feet. The property was purchased by the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife in the mid-1960s. There is a concrete boat ramp that provides access to the lake and good shoreline fishing opportunities also exist.

    Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Green Valley Public Fishing 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.


    • Fishing for bluegill, crappie, bass and catfish from the lake on the property.
    • A 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass is in effect.
    • Electric motors only are permitted on the lake.
    • Shore line fishing is available along the lake.
    • Non-toxic shot is required for all hunting opportunities.
    • Hunting for turkey, dove, rabbit, deer, woodcock, duck, and goose hunting are available at the property. Night hunting is available for raccoon, coyote, fox, and other furbearers. No check-in is required.
    • Quail hunting: The bag limit for quail is four.
    • Deer hunting: The use of Bonus Antlerless licenses is prohibited. Deer hunting is not permitted during the special antlerless season.
    • Trapping is permitted. Upland trapping is restricted to the use of dog-proof traps. All other traps must be completely covered by water.

    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.

    Posted Areas

    Safety zones 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.

    • A hunting and/or fishing license is required to hunt/fish this property.
    • 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.