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





*Closed for the season*

Aquatic Center Features a Public swimming pool. Open flume & closed flume water slides, a deep well with diving board, a beach area with kiddie water features, and the splash park is free. Lockers, picnic areas, & concession stand.

Pool Hours: Open daily May-first week of August- 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free Splash Park Hours: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• General admission: $5.00
• Family of 5: $20.00 ($5.00 for each additional family member)
Season Passes:
• Individual 10-visit pass – $40.00
• Individual season pass – $60.00
• Family season pass – $220.00 (up to 5 family members)
Private Swim Lessons: $15.00 per half hour. To schedule, call the Pool Facilities Manager at (812) 632-8529
Pool Parties: – Call Janelle at the Mayor’s office at (812) 385-4428
• Non-private pool party – $150.00
• Private pool party (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun) 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – $400.00
• Private pool party (not-for-profit) – $250.00
• Corporate pool party – $2,500.00
Park Shelter Rentals: – Call Janelle at the Mayor’s office at (812) 385-4428
• Lafayette Park shelters 1, 2, 3, & 5 – $50.00 per day
• Lafayette Park shelter 4 – $60.00 per day
• Lafayette Park Lodge – $150.00 per day
• Lincoln & Southside Park shelters – $50.00 per day
Lockers are free
Concession stand: Soft drinks (Coke products), lemonade, Gatorade, water. Various candy bars & candy products. Little Debbie snacks. Prairie farms ice cream products. Casey’s pizza by the slice.

Princeton Shelter House Rental Fees

West Spruce St., Princeton, IN


Fish and Wildlife Conservation Club


The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Club of Princeton Indiana is a great place to fish, picnic, primitive camp, have a family reunion or just a quiet place to sit and watch nature. They have a clubhouse available to rent for members, and a lake stocked with bass, crappie, blue gill and catfish. Boats  with trolling motors may be used
1283 East Conservation Drive
Princeton, IN 47670
(812) 746-7840 (leave a message)
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Located two miles east of Princeton on Lake Seminole, this YMCA camp includes facilities available for rental.

2034 Lake Road, Princeton, IN




Located on East Brumfield Avenue in Princeton, the park offers playground equipment, a picnic shelter and an outdoor basketball court.

E. Brumfield Ave., Princeton, IN



Located on Old US Hwy 41 near Patoka, the nine-hole golf course offers both club membership and public greens fees. Driving range on-site.

2560 N Old Hwy 41




The recreation center is available for rental and the grounds include some playground equipment and Little League baseball diamonds.

2nd and Warrick St.

Owensville, IN 47665
(812) 724-4151


Named an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society in 2005, the entire Gibson property consists of about 6,000 acres of reservoir, ponds, and wetlands. Gibson Lake itself is a 3,000-acre cooling reservoir with a surrounding levee and a 2-mile-long breakwater down the center. Because the warm water discharge keeps the lake from freezing in the winter, it often accumulates thousands of ducks and geese when the local lakes freeze. Located near the Wabash River on IN S.R. 64 west of Princeton, the habitat features a 160-acre wetland wildlife viewing area, a photographic blind, and two hiking trails near the Duke Energy main entrance.




Montgomery Park features a playground facility, several pavilions for small or large group gatherings, and a nature trail used for walking or jogging..

200 N Church St., Owensville, IN




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