PATOKA RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE


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Located in southwestern Indiana, the Refuge offers residents and visitors alike a unique place to escape the stresses of the modern world and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, paddling or hunting… there’s a place for you at the Refuge.
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area was established in 1994 in Gibson and Pike counties, along the Patoka River in southwest Indiana. To date 5,211 acres, with a goal of 22,765 acres, have been acquired. The focus of the refuge is restoration of bottom-land hardwood forest habitats. As home to the largest nesting colony of the endangered interior least tern east of the Mississippi River, the Cane Ridge Unit is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area. Over 380 species of wildlife, including a new species of burrowing crayfish verified in 2002, have been observed on the refuge. Hunting, fishing, environmental education, wildlife observation, photography, hiking and canoeing. Open sunrise to sunset every day
Bill McCoy, Refuge Manager

Driving Directions:
Straddling Pike and Gibson Counties in Southwestern Indiana, the Refuge stretches 20 miles in an east-west direction along the lower third of the Patoka River.
It is located 30 miles north of Evansville, IN by way of State Road 57 and is adjacent to the small town of Oakland City, Indiana, along State Road 64 and Winslow, IN on State Road 61
(812) 749-3199
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