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Wildlife Viewing

If you are a non-consumptive user and wish to view or photograph the wildlife at Lake Shelbyville, many opportunities are available. If deer watching interests you, Wolf Creek is renowned for an abundance of whitetails. Eastern wild turkey, which was reintroduced in 1987, can be found all around the lake as they become more abundant. Bird watchers will find neotropical migrants passing through during the spring and fall migration. During late winter, bald eagles are in abundance and can be seen almost daily right off the deck of the new Lake Shelbyville Visitor’s Center located at the south end of the lake just east of the dam. The Woods Lake Waterfowl Refuge treats watchers to sightings of Canada goose and various waterfowl from mid-October through mid-March with the greatest opportunities for photographing waterfowl during the spring migration. The Okaw Bluff Wetlands Complex, located south of Sullivan, covers 57 acres and offers year round opportunities. Ten photo blinds, an accessible viewing stand, three shallow wetland units, and a one mile nature trail are all located within the unit.