Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area

A flock of geese fly over Hovey Lake at sunrise

A flock of geese fly over Hovey Lake at sunrise.

Blue Heron at Hovey Lake

A Blue Heron flies across Hovey Lake.

The Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area (FWA) includes Hovey Lake and several other properties that are rich in wildlife and open to hunters.

The most common game species include waterfowl, deer, turkey and squirrel; however all the major game species are found at Hovey Lake FWA

Hovey Lake FWA uses a combination of restricted areas, restricted hunter numbers, daily drawings, preseason drawings and self-service permit check-in to control hunting efforts.

Check the website below for current information.

Hovey Lake is a 1,400 acre oxbow lake where cypress trees that grow out of the water and migrating waterfowl are plentiful.

Big Cypress Slough is the largest cypress slough in the county. It is also home to a nest of Bald Eagles that can be seen from the road.

The Weyerbacher Wetland Restoration Area is a  35-acre moist soil managed wetland that is flooded during fall and winter to  provide dependable and manageable water for  critical migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland wildlife.

The Wabash Lowlands is comprised of hardwood forests and several ponds. It, too, is an important wetland for migrating birds.  Fish, reptiles, amphibians, wading birds inhabit the  deep ponds and surrounding areas. Native pecan trees and naturally occurring bamboo and cane provide the cover for the wet floodplain forest.

All of these locations are open to licensed hunters, but flooding often limits hunting opportunities so be sure to check  for current water conditions.

Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
15800 Raben Road South
Mount Vernon, Indiana 47620
(812) 838-2927

License and Fee Info