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Atterbury State Fish and Wildlife Area in Edinburgh, Indiana

Pow Rock marks the entrance to the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, and it’s history is quite interesting. The marker was created by German and Italian prisoners of war who were held at Camp Atterbury during World War II. Pow Rock is dated 1942, the same year Camp Atterbury opened as a U.S. military training site, and Prisoner of War camp. The area was also used during the Korean War, and was eventually closed in 1954. The old military barracks have been removed from the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, an Indiana attraction that opened to the public in 1965. For nearly 50 years, military history buffs, nature lovers, hunters and fisherman have frequented this Indiana park.

More than 6,000 acres make up the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, and the outdoor adventures are endless. Fishermen enjoy the 10 man-made lakes in the area. The two largest lakes are the Pisgah Lake, which is 75 acres, and the Stone Arch Lake, which is 25 acres. Boats, Kayaks and canoes have access to Stone Arch Lake, Beaver Bottom, Pisgah Lake, Teal Marsh and Mallard Marsh. The waters are populated with catfish, bluegill and large mouth bass. The DNR requires a 14-inch minimum for large mouth bass, and other regulations may apply, so be sure to plan your day trip from Indianapolis in advance.

Hunting is another popular thing to do in Indiana. the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area allows hunting with the proper seasons, and check-in is required. The area is known for its deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, dove, wood cock, duck and goose hunting opportunities. The Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area recently opened its public shooting range, which features four combination trap/skeet fields.

The Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area is a similar hunting spot in the northern part of the Hoosier State. For more ideas on day trips from the Circle City, check out our day trips page.

Bird watching is another fun and educational activity for the whole family at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area. More that 250 different types of birds live in the region, so it’s a great spot for amateur and pro bird watchers. The Jasper-Pulask Fish and Wildlife Area in Medaryville is another great spot for bird watching in northern Indiana.

Admission to the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area is free but fees do apply to certain activities on the grounds. While you’re down south in Indiana, be sure to sheck out the Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall.

On the way to the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, stop by The Grave in the Middle of the Road in Amity, Indiana, you can’t miss this haunted place in Indiana. It’s located smack-dab in the middle of County Road 400 South. Other south central Indiana attractions include the Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville, Indiana. The Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington, Indiana, and Brown County Winery in Nashville, Indiana. Escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Indianapolis, and take a day trip this weekend.

Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area
7970 South Rowe Street
Edinburgh, Indiana 46124
812-526-2051
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