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 Kingsbury FWA

5344 S. Hupp Road
LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 393-3612
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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DESCRIPTION

Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 7, 280 acres of grasslands, crop fields, thick brush, marsh areas and a 30 acre lake. The Kankakee River forms the south boundary. Kingsbury is located 4 miles east of U.S. 35 on Hupp Road east of the Kingsbury industrial park. It is 5.5 miles south of Laporte.

Kingsbury is a remnant of the old Kingsbury Ordnance Plant which produced shells, cartridges and mortar rounds for World War II and the Korean conflict. The land was deeded to the state of Indiana in 1965 by the federal government, and wildlife management began at that time.

Kingsbury is located 4 miles east of U.S. 35 on Hupp Road east of the Kingsbury industrial park. Kingsbury is 5.5 miles south of Laporte. The address of the check station is 5344 S. Hupp Road, Laporte, IN 46350.

FISHING

  • Public fishing areas are found along the Kankakee River, drainage ditches and the 30-acre Tamarack Lake. The lake is stocked with channel catfish.
  • All size and bag limits apply. View the current fishing regulations for details.
  • Primary species include channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike and rough fish.
  • Boat ramps are located at parking area 5G for the Kankakee River and 5A for Tamarack Lake. A maximum 12-volt electric motor for lakes, gas motors allowed on the river.
  • Shoreline fishing is located along the drainage ditches and Kankakee River.
  • Kingsbury has a 30-acre lake that is stocked every other year with channel catfish.
  • You do not need to check in to fish.

HUNTING

  • There is no cost to hunt.
  • Hunting registration is at the self-service kiosk at the check station. All hunters must register and take the appropriate hunt card. The self-service area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The address of the check station is 5344 S. Hupp Road, Laporte, IN 46350
  • Maps are located in the self-service area and online. Kingsbury has three refuges where hunting is prohibited. These refuges are clearly marked. Kingsbury is 7,280 acres of brush, crop fields, warm season grasses, wetlands and woods.     
  • Deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, furbearers, dove, duck, goose and wild turkey are common.
  • Daily check-in is required or all species. See the hunting and trapping guide for seasons and bag limits.
  • Advanced registration is required for wild turkey, dove hunting and some waterfowl hunting.
  • Reserve waterfowl hunters are required to claim their spot before 4:30 am local time. Daily waterfowl drawings begin at 4:30 a.m. local time. Waterfowl hunting hours end at 1 p.m. local time during the regular season. Reserve days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area office operates a deer and turkey check station.
  • The use of hunting dogs is allowed.
  • Only male (cock) pheasants may be taken. Put and take pheasant hunts are not offered.
  • Trapping draw is the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. at the property office. Kingsbury has five trapping units and the draw is for two-week periods. There is also a youth trapping unit. A valid trapping license is required for each participant.
  • Kingsbury holds an annual Youth Day at the Range in September. The property also hosts a youth dove hunt, trapper education seminar, introduction to turkey hunting seminar and others. For more information, call (219) 393-3612.
  • There are a combination of blinds and stakes for waterfowl hunting. These spots are available seven days a week. Additional spots are available on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Kingsbury does not provide boats. The majority of hunting spots will require the use of a boat; however, there are a number of walk in spots to hunt waterfowl.
  • Registration for turkey hunting is typically in January with an online drawing. Kingsbury has 12 spots daily, and holds a no-show drawing at 4:30 a.m. local time.
  • Hunters can leave stands overnight beginning Sept. 15 at noon local time. Tree stands must be removed by Jan. 10. A fastener used in conjunction with a tree stand and a tree or pole climber that penetrates a tree more than ½ inch is prohibited (anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, i.e. screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers). Tree stands and ground blinds must be legibly marked in English with the owner’s name, address and telephone number. If someone steals or damages the stand, call DNR Law Enforcement at (812) 837-9536.
  • Fish & Wildlife managed lands allow the use of bonus county permits. The same is true of Wetland Conservation Areas, Gamebird Habitat Areas, and Fish & Wildlife Areas
  • All hunting at Reynolds Creek is by pre-season draw. As wildlife populations rebound, hunting opportunities will expand. There is an archery-only deer drawing for Reynolds Creek on the last Saturday of August. This drawing covers the entire archery season. Dove hunting is concurrent with the Kingsbury dove drawing and typically lasts the first five days of the season. Turkey hunting is is by draw only. The turkey drawing is held on the second Saturday of April. All drawings are heled at ingsbury FWA check station unless otherwise stated.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Registration at the office to scout, fish, hike, berry ick, mushroom hunt and wildlife watch is not required. There is no camping available.

Shooting Range

  • Range is open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. local time to dusk (varies by season, call to check time).
  • Fees for the range are $4 a day for age 18 and older, $2 a day for younger than 18 (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult), $10 a day for a family (ex: 2 adults and 2 children).
  • The shooting range is ADA compliant, safe, modern and staffed by qualified range officers.
  • Use of eye and ear protection is required of all participants and observers.
  • The range has 37 shooting positions: 10 positions at 50 yards, five positions at 100 yards, 18 positions at 10, 15 or 25 yards, and four shotgun stations.
  • The range includes a 25-yard pistol range, a 50-yard range, and a 100-yard range.  
  • Bring your own targets and ammunition.
  • Indoor restrooms accessible to persons with disabilities are available.
  • Target practice is permitted only in established ranges.
  • Call (219) 393-1128.
  • Kingsbury Shooting Range brochure.

Archery Range

  • The archery range is open to the public, 7 days a week, all daylight hours, first come, first served. Bring your own targets. Shooters must obey all range rules and regulations. Parking is permitted only in designated lot.
  • 3-D deer targets are available for rent.

Wildlife Watching

  • 7,280 acres of fallow land, crop fields, thick brush, grass lands, water ways and scattered stands of conifers and hardwoods attract hawks, owls, bald eagles, shorebirds, wading birds and a wide variety of resident and migrating songbirds.

Additional Opportunities

  • Spring mushrooms hunters cannot be in the field during turkey hunting hours. Mushroom hunters do not need to register.
  • Wetland trapping is available through drawing only. Drawing is held the first Saturday in October.
  • A dog training area is provided in area 6 (see map).
  • Resident and non-resident licenses and stamps are sold at the headquarters.
  • Wild blackberries, raspberries, mushrooms, shed antlers and nuts may be gathered from the property.
  • Mixsawbah State Fish Hatchery is located on Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area.
  • Fish Lake Wetland Conservation Area is 11 miles from the headquarters.
  • Galena Wetland Conservation Area is 18 miles from the headquarters.
  • Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area is 24 miles from the headquarters.
  • Place Trail Marsh Gamebird Habitat Area is 5 miles from the headquarters.

RULES

NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

Please Read and Obey All Signs.

In addition to state fish and wildlife laws, this property is governed by posted regulations affecting the public use of lands and facilities owned, leased or licensed by the Department of Natural Resources.

Safety zones, refuges, contaminated areas and other restricted areas are marked with appropriate signs. PLEASE READ AND OBEY ALL SIGNS.

Violation of any law, rule or regulation governing this property may be cause for forfeiting your hunting, fishing or visiting privileges on this area.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, will not be held responsible for any accidents or deaths occurring from the use of these facilities.

In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license, the following permits are required:

  • Permission to hunt on Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area must be obtained before entering the field. One-day hunting permit cards must be in the possession of the hunter at all times. Harvested game must be recorded on one-day permit cards. Self-service drop boxes are located throughout the property for your convenience. Contaminated areas are off limits at all times. If a wounded deer enters this area, contact property personnel.
  • Night hunting for raccoons is permitted in areas 5, 6, 7, and 8 only.
  • Dog training is available in Area 6 only. Sign up and obtain a permit at headquarters.
  • Collecting Permits are required from the property manager or IDNR for the collection of anything except nuts, berries, mushrooms and shed antlers.

Traffic on public roads through the area is governed by state and county laws. Traffic over service roads and trails, except by authorized vehicles, is restricted to walking. Park in designated lots only. Speed limit is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted. No horses, snowmobiles, ATVs or off-road vehicles are allowed. No hunting within 50 feet of any public road.