Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area has other appealing characteristics, but sandhill cranes are the principal attraction.

These large birds stand up to four feet tall and sport seven-foot wingspans.

Sandhills have shown up at Jasper-Pulaski during every month of the year, but spectacular congregations occur in late October, when thousands pause during their annual journey south.

Most sandhills east of the Mississippi tarry at Jasper-Pulaski, feeding in nearby fields before returning to roost for the night.

Sandhill Cranes

As the sun sets, hundreds or even thousands of clattering birds return in small groups, wheeling and calling as they spiral earthward into a vast open field.

The state has built a large viewing platform to the east, and watching the birds arrive silhouetted against the setting sun is a rare and wonderful sight.


Not to be missed, this is one of the truly great natural phenomena in Indiana.


Not really, though a path runs from the parking lot, through a small woods, and then to the observation platform.


Jasper and Pulaski counties. From the intersection of US 421 and IN 143, go west 1.5 miles on IN 143, then north; a large parking area appears almost immediately on the west side of the road.

North 41 08.422 West 86 55.407
DeLorme 25:C10

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Pit toilets.

Nearby Natural Areas

Prairie Border
Stoutsburg Savanna Nature Preserve
Tefft Savanna


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