Greene-Sullivan State Forest & Shakamak State Park, Indiana

Greene-Sullivan State Forest & Shakamak State Park, Indiana


05/08/2024 - 05/12/2024    
All Day


Bookings closed


Greene Sullivan State Forest
2551 IN-159, Dugger, IN, 47848

Event Type

May 8 – May 12, 2024


Registration opens: 02.01.2024

The Plan:  NKFF will be joining Derby City Fly Fishers for a joint trip.  This will be the club’s second trip to the area around Linton, Indiana, about 3 hours West of Northern Kentucky.

We will be fishing for bluegill, Crappie and bass in three Indiana State Land areas.

We have rented one cottage & Derby City has rented two cottages in the Persimmon Lake Loop and can room a total of 10 campers.  The plan is to split meal preparation between the three cabin groups since meal preparation for more than 8 people is difficult.  We may be able to combine some meals, but we’ve got to work that out.

Description of Waters:  This area in Western Indiana is a former coal strip pit area.  There are about 120 small lakes in Greene-Sullivan ranging in size from 3 acres to 120 acres.  The Forest itself has many small lakes with over 50 launch ramps; the Dugger Unit has 13 launch ramps with somewhat larger lakes.  Shakamak has 400 acres of man-made lakes with boat ramps, canoe launches, fishing piers, fish cleaning stations and boat rental.   Hillenbrand has another 25 small lakes.  Greene-Sullivan is about 10 miles and 20 minutes southwest of Shakamak.  Hillenbrand is about 13 miles southeast of Shakamak.

Accessibility:  With all the launch points, this is an ideal area for small boats including kayaks and canoes.  Almost all the boat ramps are improved so that the small skiffs like we use on the Cumberland River work; gas motors cannot be used but trolling motor are acceptable. You will need a PFD on your watercraft.

Level:  This is a Level 2 trip.  There will not be dedicated fishers to teach beginners fly fishing basics.  There may be teachable opportunities, but there are no guarantees.


  • For now, plan to bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages of choice.
  • We plan to have group breakfasts and suppers. Please indicate your willingness to cook on the sign up. Plan a meal for 8.  If you need ideas on meals, contact Josh.  Cooks should save receipts since these costs are reimbursable.
  • I’m hoping we catch enough panfish to have fish fries. So bring your filet knives to clean fish and fish baskets/wells to keep fish.
  • There are grocery stores close by, so we can shop locally and do not have to pack everything in.
  • You need to bring your cooking and meal prep utensils – if you think you’ll need it, bring it!. We will have paper plates and plastic ware.

Lodging:  The Club has rented Persimmon Lane Cottage #12 in the Shakamak Group camping area. Directions will be provided in the trip updates just prior to the trip.  Each bunk house has 11 double bunk beds.  Each camper will get a lower berth to sleep and the upper bunk for storage.  The cottages have a kitchen with a full refrigerator, stove/oven and a sink; we will keep the bunk bed next to the kitchen empty for storage.  There are 2 shower stalls, 2 toilets and 2 vanities. There are two picnic tables and a fire pit outside.

  • We must bring our own linens, towels, cookware, camp chairs, and eating utensils.
  • The bunks have a pretty good foam mattress and most previous participants did not see a need for air mattresses. Pillows, sheets, blankets and/or sleeping bags are highly recommended.
  • If you want to participate but NOT stay in the cottage, camping spots and cabins are available; you need to make your own arrangements.
  • Firewood is available for sale in the Park. We’ll buy firewood for the group fires. No outside firewood is allowed.
  • We can set up popup shelters/canopies.

Parking is limited.  We may want to try to figure out how to carpool for this trip.  Other cars may have to park in a group lot which is close to the cottages.

The plan limits this trip to 10 participants.  Registration cost for the trip is $100 (payable at sign up) for the four nights and will include the group breakfasts, suppers and firewood.  There may be a cash up-charge if we burn a lot of wood.  Any registration fee refund is at the discretion of the NKFF Board.

DISCLAIMER: By registering for this trip you are agreeing to the activity policy statement and hold harmless agreement of Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers, Inc. You can find a copy of this agreement here.

Cancelations made 30 days prior to the event date will receive a refund minus 3% credit card fee, if applicable. Cancelations made less than 30 days before event will not receive a refund unless the open space can be filled.


Registration are closed for this event.

Registered Attendees

  • Jack Randall
  • Josh Lillard
  • Jason Scannell
  • Gus Dattilo

1 Comment

  1. All – I’m working on gathering everyone’s contact information, so that I can schedule a teams meeting / call one evening this week. I’m shooting for Tuesday evening around 7pm.

    Josh Lillard

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.