Things to Do


• Fishing is allowed at Goose Pond FWA.
• Selected units may be closed to fishing and other activities at certain times throughout the year. Please obey all signs.
• No boat launching from a trailer is allowed. Canoes, kayaks and other small watercraft that can be carried and slid into the water are permissible.
• Boats are limited to a maximum 12-volt electric motor. 


  • Waterfowl, quail, rabbit, dove and deer are common at Goose Pond FWA. There are also limited opportunities for squirrel and turkey hunting.
• Check-in is required for all hunting. Most hunting opportunities are allocated through drawings. Check at the headquarters for details on drawings.
• It is illegal to possess lead shot while in the field at Goose Pond FWA.
• Certain daily bag limits and shooting times at Goose Pond FWA are more restrictive than those allowed statewide. Check at the headquarters or the self-service booths for more details.
Goose Pond FWA Dove Hunting Procedures
2014 Dove Fields
Sept. 2014 Draw Schedule
2014 Waterfowl Draw Map
Oct. 2015 – Jan. 2016 Waterfowl Draw Schedule
2014-15 Upland Game Rules and Map
2014 Deer Firearms Draw Schedule

Wildlife Watching

  • With nearly 5,000 acres of shallow water wetlands, 1,300 acres of prairie and over 30 miles of levees, Goose Pond FWA provides excellent wildlife watching opportunities.
• Over 260 bird species have been documented at Goose Pond FWA.
• Check-in is required for all activities at Goose Pond FWA.
Neighboring Land
Greene-Sullivan State Forest offers hunting, fishing, camping and horseback riding opportunities.
Redbird State Recreation Area offers Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) riding opportunities.
Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area offers hunting, fishing, trapping and a shooting range.
Hillenbrand Fish and Wildlife Area offers hunting, fishing and trapping

Additional Opportunities

  • Some fishing is available in the wetland units.
• Accessible hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities are available. Ask for details at the headquarters.
• Trapping is available through a drawing held on the first Saturday in October.
• A Collection Permit is required for everything other than gathering of berries, mushrooms and nuts.
• NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.
• Please Read and Obey All Signs.

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