The Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area, a new Division of Fish and Wildlife property being developed near Terre Haute, is now open to the public.
The current site encompasses 2,400 acres along the west bank of the Wabash River between Terre Haute and West Terre Haute.
Earlier this summer, Gov. Mitch Daniels 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 will be 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 on the south side of United States 40 in West Terre Haute, which has a kiosk showing 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.
The southern portion of the property along U.S. 40 offers bird watching opportunities for many species of wetland birds.
Target shooting is permitted, as are camping, off-road vehicle use, and swimming.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife's partners in acquiring Wabashiki include Indiana Heritage Trust, Vigo County Parks, American Electric Power Service Corporation and The Nature Conservancy.
There is no charge for entry.
Access to Wabashiki will be primarily by the waters of the Wabash River until further facilities are developed.
For a map of the property, along with further rules and regulations, log on to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/6188.htm.