Wednesday, September 19, 2018

About Wabashiki FWA

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.


Turtle Rescue at Wabashiki FWA

We need volunteers, funding, and ideas to prevent the turtle deaths occurring on Highway 150 and the railroad tracks which dissect their habitat.  Volunteers are needed throughout the summer months.  To reach organizers and to learn more information, see turtle rescue on facebook:

       Amber Slaughterbeck with saved turtle

Wabashiki Map


Wabash Valley Riverscape

Organizers of the Wabash Valley Riverscape project are working to turn a portion of the land in Terre Haute into a recreational, educational and commercial attraction.  To learn about Wabash Valley Riverscape see their website and brochure by clicking on the following links:

Wabash Valley Riverscape Website Homepage

Wabash Riverscape Brochure

Wabashiki Bird Checklist

This list was provided on June 28, 2011.  Jenny Bodwell compiled the following Wabashiki Bird Checklist.  We will attempt to update as new bird species are found.  Note need to delete Ruffed Grouse from the list.  Also, need to add Harris Sparrow.  Look for a revised checklist soon.

Wabashiki Bird Checklist as of June 28, 2011.pdf
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