The Northwest Indiana Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A. currently owns and manages three (3) waterfowl habitat properties in Northwest Indiana. They are the Jerry Allen Waterfowl Management Unit, the D. Thomas Sporre Wildlife Area, and the Don & Mary Roberts Wildlife Area.
Dedicated volunteers and chapter members have been working hard to help us raise money and complete local habitat improvement projects.
The chapter also donated funds for land acquisitions, built and maintained nesting structures throughout the northwest Indiana area.
The Jerry Allen Waterfowl Management Unit is the first purchased property of Waterfowl U.S.A., Northwest Indiana Chapter. The Jerry Allen Waterfowl Management Unit is located in Boone Grove, Indiana.
This 78 acre farm, which was a drained wetland, was purchased in 1993. We named it in honor and recognition of Mr. Jerry Allen, the founder of Waterfowl U.S.A. In 2013, a memorial rock with a bronze plaque was placed on the property in memory of John Jelinek, who was named the “Official Guardian” of the property after completion in late 1993.
Chapter members and other volunteers have provided numerous hours working on this wetland project and it has really shaped up to its original wetlands state. We had built two dikes, three islands and a 3 acre goose pasture at this property. We kept it mowed all summer and the geese are abundant. We have also installed new nests here, both wood duck, mallard hen houses and goose platforms.
We plan to restore many acres of wetlands. We will turn around this wetland destruction and preserve America's beauty and our legacy. God created this land to be beautiful. Let's do our best to keep it that way.
We encourage you to visit the Jerry Allen Marsh . It is located near the corner of county road 450 west and county road 550 south, Hebron ,IN.
If you would like to visit the Jerry Allen Waterfowl Management Unit, click on the map below to get directions.
The D. Thomas Sporre Wildlife Area is the second purchased property of Waterfowl U.S.A., Northwest Indiana Chapter. This project is located in Lake County, IN just east of I-65 in Leroy, Indiana. A 76 acre combination of native prairie grasses, other natural grasses and plants surround several bodies of water to provide a natural style marsh for waterfowl and other wildlife.
This waterfowl habitat project was named after D. Thomas Sporre, who was the state biologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Many long days and hard labor went into building this wetland from this previously drained farmland to its present state of waterfowl wetland habitat.
The D. Thomas Sporre Wildlife Area is located at 2999 East St. Rd. 231, Crown Point, In. 46307. We have provided a map to this property below.