Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

O'Bannon Woods is Indiana's 24th State Park

 

"Parks help people see how they fit into this thing called life," said former First Lady Judy O'Bannon at an O'Bannon Woods State Park dedication ceremony .

The new 2,000-acre state park in Harrison County was created out of the former Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area. The park contains more than 100 miles of recreational trails and is surrounded by the 24,000-acre Harrison-Crawford State Forest, 1/2 hour west of Louisville.

"So many of us...

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15 STATE PARKS WILL BE CLOSED

 

The parks will close in order to accommodate the annual deer herd reduction, for the second half of the controlled hunt on Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, November 30.

The 15 state parks are: Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shades, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, and Whitewater Memorial. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve also is included in the herd...

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photo by Richard Fields Grain fields for a 15-mile radius around the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area play host to foraging birds at midday.  Sandhill cranes are omnivorous and will eat insects, waste grains, crayfish, frogs, small animals, root tubers and plant shoots.

Collecting eastern box turtles from "the wild" in Indiana will soon be ILLEGAL

An Indiana law, effective October 23, 2004, prohibits the collection of eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina) or their parts from the wild in Indiana. Individuals who currently possess an eastern box turtle, a subspecies, or their parts will need to apply for the new box turtle possession permit. There is no cost for the permit.

The eastern box turtle is tottering between maintaining stable populations and...

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DEER HUNT

 

Applications are now available to participate in a controlled deer herd reduction in 15 Indiana state parks and one nature preserve. The reduction will take place on Monday, November 15; Tuesday, November 16; Monday, November 29; and Tuesday, November 30.

The 15 state parks are: Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Fall, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shades, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, and...

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St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative to host Hoosier Riverwatch volunteer stream monitoring workshop July 30 in Auburn

 

The old song calls for us to go "down by the riverside," and this year more Hoosiers will be heeding that message. Hoosier Riverwatch, a DNR/Purdue University sponsored education program, is continuing to hold workshops around the state.

St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative, with assistance from the DeKalb County Soil & Water Conservation District, will be hosting a...

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DNR COMPLETES GYPSY MOTH TREATMENTS IN NORTHERN INDIANA

This year's final round of treatment for the gypsy moth is now completed in Northern Indiana. The treatments consisted of small plastic flakes that were dropped from the airplane. The flakes are covered with a scent important in the gypsy moth mating cycle and will ultimately disrupt mating. DNR entomologists will observe the area for the rest of this year and make a determination if any treatment will be needed again next year.

 

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