Northeast Indiana Birding Opportunities - Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area

Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area was established in 1951.

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Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area provides quality hunting, birding, and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,546 acres of land, with 650 acres of lakes and impoundments. This area is composed of flat to rolling upland fields and gradual to steep slopes of oak-hickory woodlands, falling off to depressions of wetlands. Tri-County includes 10 natural lakes with water depths of 75 feet.

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Total Birding Time:
2-4 Hours

Best Times to Bird: 
Tri-County FWA can have productive birding at all times of the year. The greatest diversity of birds will be during the spring and fall migrations.


8432 N 850 E
Syracuse, IN 46567
Tri-County is most easily accessed off of State Road 13, which runs north/south between Syracuse and North Webster.
Hours: The area’s parking lots are open 24 hours a day. The FWA’s headquarters do not have a regular visiting schedule.
Ownership: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife
Admission: There is no fee associated with birding Tri-County River FWA.
Restrictions: Be aware of hunting seasons, this is an active hunting location. No access before 1pm during spring turkey hunting season. Please obey all rules and regulations. Maps and rules are always available at the headquarters.
Parking: Please us designated parking lots. Many lots are available throughout the property.
Nearby Amenities: Restrooms are available at the park headquarters. The nearest facilities are located approximately 5 miles north in Syracuse.
Accessibility: There are no paved trails in Tri-County FWA. Many birders walk along the quiet roads, and lake overlooks.
Phone Number: (574) 834-4461

Written by: Brad Bumgardner
Photo by: Ryan Sanderson