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Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area is located in southwestern Indiana within the historically important north-south flyway of the Wabash River Basin. This river bottoms refuge is strategically located to provide important resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for migratory ...
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Hoosier National Forest—Buzzard’s Roost Overlook
Description: High, prominant lookout above the Ohio River. This site offers a beautiful view of the river, and the patchwork of farmland across the river in Kentucky. Fall colors are spectacular.

Wildlife to Watch: High probability of viewing hawks and turkey vultures soaring on thermal air currents rising up from the river valley during summer. Bald eagles are often seen along the river in winter. Woodland songbirds are common in the forested areas along the river.

Special Tips: Hunting is permitted on public lands in the area. The trail down the cliff from the day use area to the Ohio River is very steep. Use caution on this trail.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service 
Size: NA 
Closest Town: Alton, IN

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Buzzard Roost View - Photo by USDA Forest Service
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Driving Directions:
Follow the Ohio River Scenic Byway. The site is between the small towns of Alton and Magnet - 2-3 miles either direction. There are signs from the byway into the day use area at Buzzard Roost.

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Hoosier National Forest—Buzzard’s Roost Overlook : Wildlife Viewing Area