Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area Hunt and Fish Program Changes for 2022-23 season

For the 2022-2023 seasons, the refuge has opened 74.5 new acres to all current hunting and fishing opportunities available elsewhere on the refuge. Refuge hunting and fishing brochures contain updated maps showing what portions of the refuge are open to hunting and fishing. In addition to opening another 74.5 acres to hunting and fishing this year, the refuge has made the decision to transition to lead free ammunition and tackle for all hunting and fishing activities to become effective for the 2026-2027 seasons. Hunters and anglers are encouraged to start transitioning to use of lead free ammunition and tackle in preparation for this future lead free requirement. For additional information on these changes to hunting and fishing on the refuge please reference the final hunting and fishing plan.

The Patoka River in Southwest Indiana had long been recognized for its wetland and wildlife values on a local, statewide and regional basis. Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area was established in 1994 under the authority of the Emergency Wetlands Resource Act to protect one of the few remaining expanses of bottomland forested wetlands in the midwestern United States and one of two intact floodplain forest systems within Indiana.

Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Visitors come to Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area to watch and photograph wildlife, hunt, fish, hike, canoe, learn through interpretive programs and seek simple solitude from everyday life. 

Location and Contact Information

      Our Species

      We have habitat and wildlife management related goals that help determine the scope of management and restoration that occurs on the refuge.

      Habitat: Manage a diversity of habitats to benefit threatened and endangered species, waterfowl, other migratory birds and indigenous species in the Patoka River and associated watersheds.

      Wildlife: Perpetuate federally and state threatened and endangered species, waterfowl, other migratory birds and native fish and wildlife within the Patoka River and associated watersheds while restoring and preserving the biological integrity, diversity and environmental health of the refuge

      Get Involved

      Become a refuge volunteer or join the nonprofit friends group to get involved and support your refuge. The refuge hosts a variety of volunteer work experiences throughout the year including trail work, native seed collection and habitat management just to name a few. Please stop by the refuge office located at 510 ½ West Morton Street, Oakland City, IN 47660 or contact us at 812-749-3199 or patokariver@fws.gov to learn more about getting involved.