Kingsbury is a remnant of the old Kingsbury Ordinance Plant which produced shells, cartridges and mortar rounds for World War II and the Korean conflict. Besides a small residential community, The Kingsbury Nature Preserve occupies the majority of the area. The land was deeded to the state of Indiana in 1965 by the federal General Services Administration, and wildlife management began at that time.
Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area are derived from the sale of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. Funds are also received from the federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson programs to aid fish and wildlife restoration. These funds are derived from taxes levied on sport hunting and fishing equipment. Indiana hunters, anglers and trappers are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people. Hunting for deer, quail, rabbit, dove, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are present at Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area.
Beyond hunting and fishing there is a seemingly endless list of other outdoor activities, including wild life watching amongst 5,198 acres of fallow land, crop fields, thick brush, grass lands, water ways and scattered stands of conifers and hardwoods which attract hawks, owls, bald eagles, shorebirds, wading birds and a wide variety of resident and migrating songbirds. Other activities include family camping in the rustic camp grounds, hiking, picnicking, shooting range, wildlife watching, nuts and berry gathering, and photography. It’s also a fabulous place to escape the city lights and experience true star gazing with numerous areas to set up a telescope or just lie on your back and gaze up.