Big Oaks N.W.R.
Southern Indiana Community Listing
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is situated on approximately 50,000 acres in southeastern Indiana. Big Oaks NWR is the largest of the 3 national wildlife refuges in Indiana. Big Oaks NWR encompasses acreage in 3 counties (Jefferson, Jennings, and Ripley) and overlays part of the former Jefferson Proving Grounds.
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge hosts a variety of different habitat types, providing for a diversity of wildlife species. The refuge is unique in that it contains one of the largest contiguous forest blocks and grassland complexes in southeast Indiana, providing breeding habitat for a variety of rare birds. A landscape mosaic of habitats comprised of grasslands, shrubland, forests, and wetlands provides opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife species while visiting the refuge. Also offered are a host of other recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, birdwatching and field trips, wildlife photography, refuge tours, and hiking.
** Due to the past use-history of the property as an ordnance testing facility, all visitors must view a safety video and sign an Acknowledgement of Danger form annually prior to entering the refuge. The safety video can be observed and access permits purchased at the refuge office on public use days (Mondays, Fridays, and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month). During hunting seasons, the safety video will be shown at 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 3:00 PM on public use days and the day before the hunt. Access Fees ($3 Daily and $15 Annual per person) are waived for those 15 or under or holders of Interagency Senior Passports ($10 for those 62 or older) or holders of Interagency Access Passport (for those permanently disabled) or holders of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. A Separate Hunting Fee ($10; $5 for holders of Senior Passports and Access Passports) is required for hunting.**
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