Welcome to Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area! Blue Grass FWA is managed by the DNR, Division of Fish & Wildlife. The property covers 2,532 acres and has about 28 pits and lakes that total around 600 acres of water. Blue Grass FWA was previously surface mined and then reclaimed starting in the early 90’s, lending to it’s unique topography and deep, large pits.
The property is mostly made up of rolling grasslands with interspersed trees, briar patches, and some younger woods areas. There are also several farm fields on the property. This unique mix of habitats provides excellent resources for quail, rabbits, deer, wild turkey, and songbirds. On any given day, many of these species can be spotted on the property. Several native wildflower fields on the property also provide pollen for native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
You may notice recently burned areas while you’re here. Controlled burning is an excellent management tool for the type of habitat here at Blue Grass FWA. Native plants in Indiana evolved with naturally occurring fires and many of the wildflowers and grasses need fire to stimulate their seeds to germinate. Controlled burning is also an excellent way to control non-native vegetation such as Bradford pear trees and autumn olive bushes.
In the numerous pits, aquatic vegetation has made perfect habitat for largemouth bass, crappie, and other naturally reproducing fish species. Some of the pits are stocked with catfish and muskie, which also do well in the pits.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can give us a call at (812) 789-2724 or send an email to BlueGrassFWA@dnr.IN.gov. Enjoy your visit!