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General Information

Description - Located in Southwestern Indiana, the Refuge and Management Area include bottomland forested wetland, scrub-shrub wetland, emergent wetland, ag-modified wetland, upland forest and farmland. These lands form a riverine corridor along 30 miles of the Patoka River.

It is one of the most significant bottomland hardwood forests remaining in the State and supports over 380 species of wildlife. It also encompasses one of the best-known habitats for the Federally proposed threatened species, the Northern copperbelly water snake.

The primary goal of the project is to restore the floral and fauna diversity of this forested wetland ecosystem. The primary emphasis will be on bottomland reforestation.

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Filed By: A Howes (Princeton, IN)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Several float trips this year, mostly from Wheeling to Hwy 65. Most recent was in mid October 2003. Took some squirrels and caught several channel cats. Use "Sonny's Channel Cat Bait" to catch them. I've used it Spring, Summer, and Fall and have never failed to catch fish. Haven't been skunked yet. I agree with a previous poster. Best float time is in October.

Filed By: kent mason (princeton, IN)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: good spring fishing for white bass crappie catfish.fish feeder ditches at mouth of river. late summer fish main river for channel & flathead catfish.In august of 02 caught 12 flathead cats weight from 18lb to 47lb on handlines. best fishing acess twin bridge road.baits worms minnows chicken liver &shrimp.have patience fish are there. fishing just to have something that puts up a good fight try whole kernnel corn with very little weight carp are great fighters. good luck & just enjoy a day of fun with the family.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Canoeing along the Patoka is a pleasent experience. It is a norrow river with very little current and is at its best in the fall (October) when the hard woods begin to turn color. Lots of wild life to see but fishing is poor at best.

More Information

Contact Information:
Patoka River NWR, P.O. Box 217 , Oakland City, IN, 47660, Phone: 812-749-3199
, bill_mccoy@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Indiana Wildlife Rufuges -

Patoka River NWR - Official agency website


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