The word Kankakee conjures visions of duck filled skies in the minds of waterfowl hunters who know about the historic Indiana region of the Mississippi Flyway–and especially for the few who have been fortunate enough to hunt there. It is one of the great names in North American waterfowl history. In the mid 20th Century the area was known as the “Everglades of the North” as well as Chicago’s “Pantry”.
Located in Northern Indiana (Starke and LaPorte counties) the Kankakee Marsh Hunt club is in the middle of the Mississippi fly way.
Back in the early 1900’s, hunters came from all states and many other countries to experience the hunting in the famous Grand Kankakee Marsh. The abundance of game and waterfowl are legendary. In the center of this legendary hunting area is the Kankakee Marsh Hunt Club.
With over 1000 acres of owned hunting ground including 500 acres of flooded corn the property attracts thousands of waterfowl. We are also adjacent to the historical 6000 acre Indiana Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area.
The club includes approximately 35 full time members and occasionally allows day hunters and guests. There is always a waiting list for membership as there is very little turn over.
The Kankakee Marsh Hunt Club Members are dedicated to preserving our sport. As shown by their support of Ducks Unlimited. We even have our own DU chapter #8. Grand Kankakee Marsh Sponsors Group that holds fundraising banquets normally in the spring and is open to all
All members support DU, including many members as Life sponsors including Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors and even some as part of the “Presidents Circle”. We also host DU Leadership retreats and other fundraising events.
In the off season we maintain and install wood duck boxes, hen houses and improve habitat for waterfowl. Our goal is “to give back” so others in the future that share our passion for water fowling will have the same opportunities we have.
Hunters will normally arrive 90 minutes before sunrise. Breakfast will be ready early and the coffee will be on. Approximately 30 minutes before sunrise hunters will dress and put waders on in the locker room and the hunters will then be transported to their blind assignment by Argo or UTV.
Hunting usually is from sunrise until noon and will adjust with the progression of the migration.
Guests will be teamed with other members to assist them. Most blinds comfortably allow for 4-5 hunters. There will always be a trained dog or 2 assigned to the blind to insure all downed birds are recovered.
At the end of the daily shooting time or when limits are reached the hunters will be transported back to the club house where birds will be cleaned and lunch will be ready.
We are located in La Crosse in Northern Indiana. Conveniently located just 2 hours from Indianapolis, 2 hours from Chicago and 1 hour from South Bend and Lafayette.
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The lodge boasts an exceptional sitting area with fireplace, commercial kitchen, dining area, and locker room. Including mounts of all northern American waterfowl the lodge is museum quality!
The beautiful, comfortable lodge will pale in comparison to the views of the outside. The clubhouse has an all glass construction on the front side to allow hunters to watch the incoming waterfowl after their hunt.
Country breakfasts are provided daily for all members and guests. Lunches are available on most days.
Connected to the Lodge is a large pole barn for storage of ATV’s, small boats and motors, waterfowl decoys, tree stands, blinds and other large hunting gear.
The Bunk House has been recently remodeled.
Bunkhouse has 6 bedrooms, 3 baths, Kitchen, Living room, mudroom and laundry and all other comforts of home.
The Bunk House and Lodge are located in LaCrosse in northern Indiana. It is conveniently just 2 hours from Indianapolis, 2 hours from Chicago and 1 hour from South Bend and Lafayette.
The owner or family normally stay onsite during the season to insure all is ready for the next day’s hunt.
The cleaning shack dates back to the 1800’s and has been continually updated with new kitchen and freezers. Birds will be cleaned onsite for hunters, tagged and frozen for the trip home.
Many nightly cook outs and bonfires take place near our often used outside kitchen that has lights, grills, water and a bar!
Over 1000 acres of owned hunting ground including 500 acres of flooded corn with 20 duck blinds adjacent to the State of Indiana’s 6000 acre Kankakee Game Preserve, make The Kankakee Marsh Hunt Club not only one of the biggest but also the best Duck hunting club in Indiana and the Midwest.