Minnehaha FWA has 8,382 acres of
reclaimed surface mine land consisting of grassland and wooded
bottomland areas. Approximately 600 acres of the property is
water and are mostly strip pit lakes.
Although recreation is the main reason one
would attend Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area, Minnehaha
is part of the Osprey Reintroduction Project. Osprey, otherwise
known as the "fish hawk" is an endangered species
in Indiana. The population declined rapidly between 1950
and 1980 due to DDT, loss of breeding grounds and poaching.
An osprey is a raptor or bird of prey. They hunt fish but
will occasionally eat rodents, birds, small vertebrates and
crustaceans. Although they can be very protective of their
nests, they will not harm people. Osprey were introduced
into Minnehaha in hopes that they will reproduce and the
final 16 will be introduced in 2006. The project is funded
by the Nongame Wildlife Fund.
Minnehaha consists of approximately
25 strip pit lakes, ranging from one to 118 acres
and are open for fishing. Bluegill, redear, bass, trout,
crappie, and catfish are the predominant species present.
Boat launches are present at some of the pits. Hunting
is permited for quail, turkey, dove, rabbit, deer, woodcock,
duck and goose and night hunting for raccoon and fox. A
self-service check station is available when the check
station is not open. Animals such as deer, turkey, waterfowl,
shorebirds and raptors can be observed for nature enthusiasts.
Wild blackberries, raspberries, morel mushrooms and black
walnuts may also be gathered from the property.
Picnic at Minnehaha and bring
your camera, you just never know....you may see an Osprey
Location and Contact
2411 East SR 54
Sullivan, IN 47882
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