Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 11,794 acres of land, 529 acres of lakes and impoundments and 17 miles of free flowing river.
The area was established in 1956 when three reservoirs in the Pigeon River Valley were given to the state. These included Mongo, Nasby and Ontario. Since then, the state has acquired additional land along the river valley.
Property has 17 miles of river, 266 acres of lakes, 263 acres of impoundments and 356 acres of restored open water wetlands.
Most fishing areas and portions of the Pigeon River are closed during waterfowl seasons. Ask at office for restrictions.
Primary species include catfish, crappie, bluegill, northern pike, smallmouth bass, redear, largemouth bass, rough fish, trout and yellow perch.
Boats with electric motors are allowed on lakes and ponds. See website link for map for boat ramp locations.
Shoreline fishing is available on Beaver Dam Lake, Stayner Lake, Little Stayner Lake, Troxel, Mongo, Nasby and Ontario millponds, Massasauga Marsh, East Pool, Rainbow Pit and Catfish Pond.
All state size and bag limits apply. No registration is required for fishing at Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area.
Hunting for furbearers, deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, dove, pheasant and wild turkey is common.
Daily registration is required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply.
Special hunts include youth waterfowl, daily waterfowl drawings, drawings for turkey hunting and put-and-take pheasant hunts
Waterfowl drawings are held as needed at 5:30 a.m.
The first two days of dove season, the drawing is done online (reserved.) Reserved hunters must check-in by 11 a.m. No-show drawings for dove season are done on-site at 11 a.m.
For all of the spring turkey hunting season, the drawings are done online (reserved.) Reserved hunters must check-in by 5:30 am. No-show drawings for spring turkey hunting are held at 5:30 a.m. Full hunting, fishing and park guidelines are on our website under activities.