About the Refuge

Bird Feeding in Mudflat

The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area was established in 1994 and currently encompasses 6,600 acres (with an ultimate acquisition area of 22,472 acres) of wetlands, floodplain forest, and uplands along 30 miles of the Patoka River corridor.

The refuge was established to provide resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for migratory birds, to maintain and increase biodiversity, to restore, protect, and manage the river corridor of bottomland hardwood wetlands, to improve the water quality of the Patoka River, to develop citizen understanding and support for natural resources, and provide wildlife-related education and recreation opportunities.

The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and satellite unit Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area have both been designated as Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society because of large nesting populations of prothonotary warblers and interior least terns. To learn more about Patoka River and other national wildlife refuges in Indiana, download the brochure below:

Indiana Refuges Brochure