Columbia Mine Preserve

Sycamore’s largest property, this preserve is a keystone piece in the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Columbia Mine Preserve provides a diverse habitat for many uncommon species, such as bobcats, river otters, and Indiana bats. Columbia Mine and the neighboring refuge create a contiguous habitat block of 5,000 acres.

The Preserve is managed in partnership with the Patoka River NWR. Limited hunting and fishing are permitted. Download the 2019-2020 regulations (PDF).

  • From I-69, take exit 33 and head east on IN-64 toward Oakland City.
  • Pass through town and turn left on CR 1275 E.
  • Turn right on CR 75 S, then veer left on CR 25.
  • Pass multiple Refuge access areas and follow the road through several curves before turning left on CR 125 W at the farmhouse.
  • Follow the gravel road north until it curves left. One parking area will be on your right, and the other is at the end of the road.
  • Counties: Gibson and Pike
  • Acres: 1,043
  • Features: mix of wetlands, prairies, woods, and deep lakes; owls, American woodcock, Bell’s vireo, blue grosbeak, and orchard oriole habitat
  • Year acquired: 2012
  • Acquired with gifts from: Bicentennial Nature Trust, Ducks Unlimited, the Laura Hare Charitable Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Sycamore members
  • Trails: Indian Hill Trail – 1.5 miles, easy; Massey Trail – 1.4 miles, easy; Overlook Trail – 0.7 mile, easy