Pine Creek Game Bird Management Area



Location: From the intersection of US 231 and SR 18, drive west on 18 to CR 850, then north (right) on 850 to CR 200N, then right again on 200. The Area is on your left shortly after crossing the bridge near the turn, and extends almost a mile down the road. Pull into to any of several marked parking areas.

Description: Old farmland bought up by the Indiana DNR, then flooded to create a wetland area to attract ducks and geese; the higher areas are stocked with pheasant. The fairly large and shallow lake of course attracts a lot more than ducks and geese; small shorebirds are common, as well as blue heron (there is a heron rookery nearby), egrets, green heron, cormorants and others; the uplands attract various hawks, including northern harrier, and songbirds. The area is completely overgrown at present with goldenrod and other tall weedy species; there may be some effort toward prairie restoration here. Not much hiking to speak of; mostly of interest to birwatchers.

Nearby Points of Interest: Spinn Prairie is not too far away; but this is in the middle of Indiana farm country and pretty much by itself.

Cautions: Game bird, waterfowl and deer hunting allowed by special permit during the season; not a good place for those allergic to ragweed during the pollen season.

Ownership: Indiana DNR


National Forest