PATOKA RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Prothonotary Warbler Bird
Pollinator Monarch
 
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.

*New for 2022! Buck’s Marsh Boardwalk Trail! This graveled trail leads to a 120′ boardwalk into the marsh!
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 over 9,000 acres have been acquired.
The focus of the refuge is the 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 nesting bald eagles, the Federally endangered Indiana bat and the threatened northern copper belly watersnake reside upon the Refuge.
At least 20 plant species and 63 animal species considered as threatened, endangered or of special concern by the State of Indiana live within this river valley 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

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

John’s Smokin’ BBQ

416 E. Morton St- Oakland City
(812) 749-9227

MOM’S DINER

331 S Main St. – Oakland City
(812) 749-3114

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JUNEE B’S

531 S. Franklin St- Oakland City

(812) 749-1068

MOM’S DINER

331 S Main St,- Oakland City

(812) 749-3114

LAS ISLAS

111 E Morton St- Oakland City
(812) 999-2117
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Pappy’s Smoked BBQ

3361 S. State Road 57- Oakland City
(812) 664-2484

CHATMON CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

70 N 1150 E
Oakland City, Indiana

(812) 204-6422
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OAKLAND CITY GOLF CLUB

 

Located one mile east of IN S.R. 64 on IN S.R. 57, the Oakland City Golf Club is a nine-hole course that is open to club members and for public greens fees. The club also has a full-service restaurant and pro shop.

1593 S. West Street

Oakland City, IN

812-749-3923

HEMMER WOODS NATURE PRESERVE

 

Located on C.R. 1050 East near Buckskin, the nature preserve offers 73 acres of old-growth forest plus a scenic hiking trail.