Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area continues to be developed near Terre Haute. It was opened to the public Sunday, August 15, 2010.
The current site encompasses 2,400 acres along the west bank of the Wabash River between Terre Haute and West Terre Haute.
In June 2010, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced an initiative to expand Wabashiki by acquiring 43,000 acres of floodplain land along a 94 mile river corridor from Shades State Park in Montgomery County to Fairbanks Landing Fish and Wildlife Area south of Terre Haute.
All types of legal hunting is permitted in Wabashiki but the most plentiful species are deer, waterfowl, woodcock, squirrel, turkey and furbearers. Hunters must sign in at the self-service check station located at Dewey Point on the south side of US 40 in West Terre Haute. The site has a kiosk and a property map. Hunters must use non-toxic shot.
Fishing in the Wabash River and the 7-acre gravel pit on the property will be allowed. Species available include bluegill, crappie, bass and catfish. No sign-in is required for fishing.
All portions of the property offer excellent bird watching opportunities for many species of birds. The pond southeast of Dewey Point is especially attractive to herons, egrets and many other species in late summer.
Over the summer of 2013, a 5-mile walking/running/mountain biking trail was officially opened. The trailhead is at Dewey Point.
Target shooting in Wabashiki is prohibited, as are camping, off-road vehicle use, and swimming.
As with all Fish and Wildlife Areas in Indiana, there is no charge for entry. Access to Wabashiki will be primarily by the waters of the Wabash River until further facilities are developed.