Minnehaha Osprey Reintroduction Project - Did you know? The osprey is one of the most widely distributed birds in the world, found on every continent except Antarctica.

:: Minnehaha Fish And Wildlife Area ::

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 lurking about.

Location and Contact Information:
2411 East SR 54
Sullivan, IN 47882


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