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Goose Pond FWA

Linton, IN

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Goose Pond is one of the premier birding destinations in Indiana.  Since its creation in 2000 and subsequent restoration, birds and birders have been flocking to the area. Some of the most recent rarities that have been spotted at Goose Pond include Spotted Redshank, Hooded Crane, Curlew Sandpiper, Roseate Spoonbill, and Neotropic Cormorant.

Specialty Species:

Least Bittern:  Nests throughout the property.  The best chance of seeing this species is to walk the dikes and watch for one to fly up or listen for its call.

American Bittern:  Walking any of the dikes will give you a good chance to see an American Bittern in flight.

Black-necked Stilt:  Look in the southeast corner of GP10S and the west end of GP13.

Bell’s Vireo:  Watch and listen for this species in any of the shrubby areas.

LeConte’s Sparrow:  Look for this species along the edges of the marshes.

Northern Shrike:  Scan the tops of the trees in any unit to find this species.

Waterfowl:  Many of the units have deep water that is good for diving ducks as well as shallow marshes for dabbling ducks.

Sandhill Cranes: In the early spring (early March) thousands of Sandhill Cranes stage in the area.

Where to Bird:

Main Pool West (MPW):  MPW is the largest continuous marsh on the property.  In the right season, it is a great place to find shorebirds, including nesting Black-necked Stilts.  It is also a fantastic place to look for wintering waterfowl.  This also seems to be a favorite unit for many amazing rarities so be sure to keep a look out for the unusual!

GP9:  After parking in the GP9 parking area, walk up onto the dike.  Scan from this spot for marsh birds.  Walk either north or south on this dike and continue to scan when you get to good vantage points.  Another way to bird this area is to wade through the marsh.  It will allow better vantage points to locate birds but you will end up getting wet.  Many herons, egrets, shorebirds, and waterfowl use this entire unit.

GP10:  There are two parking areas for GP10 - one of the parking areas is for the southern half of the unit and the other is for the northern half.  The northern half of this unit is very good for wading birds.  The best way to bird this unit is to walk on the dike or wade through the marsh.  If you hike around the entire unit, you will have a good chance at many marsh species and some of the more uncommon wading birds for Indiana including both Night-herons, Little Blue Heron, and Snowy Egret.  The best way to bird GP10S is to park in the southern parking area and walk the dikes or wade through the marsh.  This unit is very good for grassland species and shorebirds.  The east side of this unit usually has better shorebird habitat than the west side. 

GP11:  Both GP11 north and south are best birded by walking the dikes.  This area may have many species of waterfowl during the fall and winter and is usually good for wading birds.

GP12 and 13:  Both of these units are best birded from walking the dikes or wading through the marsh from the parking areas.  In either of these units you can find many sparrows and other marsh birds.


Open at all times


No Fee.  Be sure to get day use permit at one of the Self-Service and Information Booths.  They are located in Main Pool West and also in GP1.  They are shown on the map with a Y.  The one in GP1 is new and not yet shown on the map.  This is important for the property because gives the management an idea to the number of birders using the property and can lead to the property being properly managed for the benefit of birds.  Be sure to drop your day use at the Self-Service and Information Booths.  A pass from Beehunter Marsh is also valid at Goose Pond.


The trails are rugged and not handicap accessible.


Approximately 30 miles of trails are located within the park.  Most of these trails are the dikes that separate the wetland units.

Non-birding Equipment Needed:

Lenght of Visit:

Half or full day visit is recommended




Goose Pond is located just south of Linton, IN. 

From the North:  From the intersection of SR-54 and SR-59 in Linton, go south 2.75 miles on SR-59. Goose Pond is located on both sides of the road once you reach the S-curve in US-59.  To get to the units discussed below, turn right (west) on CR200S.  Follow CR200S to CR1400W and take a right (north).  All of the units and parking areas are located along 1400W.

From the South:  From Sandborn, Indiana take SR-59 north for 6.5 miles and turn left (west) on CR200S.  Follow CR200S to CR1400W and take a right (north).  All of the units and parking areas discussed are located along 1400W.


1815 HWY 59 South
Linton, IN 47441


Nearby Birding:

Beehunter Marsh
Greene-Sullivan State Forest
Hawthorn Mine