• From: North Webster
  • Title: Get back to nature at Tri-County
  • Press Release: Immediate Release

Amid a host of winding gravel roads, there is a peaceful land where man can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get back to nature. It is a place where the fishing, hunting and bird watching are excellent any time of the year.

Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, nestled in northern Kosciusko County, is the county’s best-kept secret for outdoor enthusiasts.

The development of Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area began in 1951. Today, it covers 3,500 acres of flat to rolling upland fields with gradual to steep slopes of oak-hickory woodlands, falling to depressions of wetland and natural lakes.

Showing many signs of glacial action, the preserve is loaded with rocky trails, gravel deposits and glacial lakes with depths of as much as 75 feet. There are 10 natural lakes on the property, which includes a series of six located within the 336 acre Flatbelly Marsh alone.

The nature area attracts many visitors who just want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. There is a nature trail with 25 stations, each identifying trees and wildlife along the way. There are also 10 miles of service roads that provide excellent opportunities for hikers and photographers.

For the sportsmen, Tri-County is home to archery and shooting ranges, a dog training area, many boat launches and places to canoe. While there, one will find many opportunities for berry picking, mushroom hunting and sight seeing.

Although there are no picnic areas in the nature preserve, there are plenty of scenic areas suitable for old-fashioned picnics.

Operated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area is an important area for migratory waterfowl, furbearers, shorebirds and fish. Large populations of blue herons, ducks and Canada geese make their homes here.