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Stillwater-Northfork Waterfowl Resting Area

  • 8532 E. Kent Road
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

The Stillwater-North Fork Waterfowl Resting Area is Monroe Lake’s premier wildlife management area. This large seasonal marsh is comprised not only of marsh habitat but also woodland area that provides a refuge for many species of birds. This area is excellent for viewing waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and wading birds. There are viewing stations. The marsh is generally closed to the public from Oct. 1 through Apr. 15, as the seasonal wetland provides important habitat for migrating and resident waterfowl. 

McGowan Road: Drive this road with your windows down looking and listening for migrant passerines during the spring and fall. Any area on the road can be good on any given day. Please, do NOT drive when roads are flooded. 

Stillwater Marsh Overlook: This overlook close to the start of McGowan Road offers a great view of Stillwater Marsh. During the spring and fall, scan the marsh for waterfowl. At certain times, this spot can be amazing not only for diversity but also for numbers of each species present. Bald Eagles are seen often. 

North Fork Waterfowl Resting Area:  The marshes at the end of the road can be very good at times. Look for herons, egrets, and shorebirds during dry years. Many migrant passerines also use this area. Park near the gate and walk the trails around the marshes. 

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.