This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 2/5/2018

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:    (Estimate of potential mallard numbers. 1=lowest, 10=highest) 
Water level

A map of our wetlands is now available under the Wetland Map tab to the right.

All pumps have been shut off and special hunts have ended.  As of 2/5/18 all wetlands are froze over. 

Wetland #1

Wetland #2

Wetland #3

Wetland #4

Wetland #5

Refuge(NOT open to hunting)

October 1 through March 31 the area can only be accessed with a special permit obtained through a drawing. The application and drawing will take place online only in 2017. Look for "Special Hunts" on our home page under "HUNTING".

Hunting conditions Special hunts have ended. 
Expected hunting success  

CLINTON - Last Updated: 2/23/2018

Waterfowl numbers


The following is a summary of the most recent waterfowl survey (02/23/18)

Canada geese (440) Mallards (90), Hooded Mergansers (66), Common Merganseres (520), and Goldeneye (460).

Other species observed: Bufflehead (21).

The lake is nearly free of ice and waterfowl was found throughout.


Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 2

Lake level 875.56 (at pool)
Hunting conditions

We are dropping the water levels on Elk Creek marsh, Coblentz marsh and East Coblentz to begin burning followed by disking as soon as the areas dry out.

Shadden- boards are still in and the areas still has some water

Expected hunting success Fair

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To register, please go to This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters. The card survey stations have been removed. Plan ahead and sign up for I-sportsman now.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED.


HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 3/12/2018

Waterfowl Numbers 23 Canada geese seen on today's survey, no snow geese. Dabbling ducks seen included mallard, gadwall, shoveler, blue- and green-winged teal, pintail, and widgeon. Also seen were hooded merganser, bufflehead, goldeneye, ring-necked duck, wood duck and coot.
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - empty. Drained for maintenance

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 3/4, 50% is ankle to knee deep

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 3/4 full, mudflats over ~20%

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Full

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report


Comments  Remember to check-in to iSportsman prior to each hunt. 

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 2/13/2018

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks: <200 

Geese: Approximately 200 Canada geese and <5,000 snow geese

Parts of the lake remain frozen and snow goose numbers on the area fluctuate drastically depending on hunting pressure and time of day. 

Water level Normal
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Fair for geese

Make-up Lake is Closed to waterfowl hunting.

Individuals wishing to hunt Unit #2 of the wildlife area must enter through the main gate and sign in at the guard house. Be sure to have a photo I.D. with you when checking in.

Hunters are required to drive maintained roads only. A map will be provided to all hunters showing open roads as well as parking areas. Vehicles are allowed to park in parking areas only.

MILFORD WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/26/2018

Waterfowl numbers

Approximately 500 ducks and 3,500 geese were observed around the wetlands and main lake this week.  As wetlands are thawing out, please use caution when hunting.

Waterfowl counts given on this report are based on what was observed on the day the report is updated. Waterfowl numbers vary greatly from day to day and weather conditions and hunting pressure will affect the numbers of waterfowl on the area.

Lake level Current Level is 1143.52 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 500 CFS. The inflow into the lake is unavailable due to ice.
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production has been desirable in many of the wetland areas.  All managed wetlands either have or are being pumped at least partially for this time of the year.  Water levels should continue to rise throughout the waterfowl season as conditions permit.

No activites/hunting allowed in the Steve Lloyd Wetland/Refuge.

Motorized boats are only allowed in the Mall Creek wetland, electric motors are considered "motorized". All other public hunting wetlands are open to NON motorized boats and walk in hunting.

Expected hunting success Fair, most waterfowl were observed on open pockets of water throughout the wetlands and reservoir.  Some waterfowl are using the river.

Do NOT drive on dikes. Vehicles disrupt and discourage waterfowl from using the wetland areas. We have had several dikes being damaged due to unauthorized vehicles driving on them. Scouting is best done on foot to evaluate bird numbers and habitat conditions.

Please report any vehicles on dikes and anyone seen disturbing our pumps. Without the pumps in optimal condition we are unable to pump the wetlands to their greatest potential.

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. Hunters can register and check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. The information collected and comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the area.

PERRY - Last Updated: 2/15/2018

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 02/14/2018 and around 6,000 ducks were observed and 2,000 Dark Geese were observed mainly around Lake Perry. Some wetlands are beginning to open up and the Delaware River remains frozen and portions of Perry Lake are beginning to open up, mostly out away from shorelines. 


Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.75 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
Water levels are not adequate in the Kyle Marsh for launching of boats. We will hold water in West Kyle Marsh this season and will be dependent on rainfall and runoff to fill it. As of now we will not be pumping any water into the Kyle Marsh this duck season to allow for continued draining and drying of the East unit for renovation work. West River marsh has had a significant amount of water pumped into both the upper and lower units and will have huntable water for opening weekend.   

Our new marsh pump project that will pump the Reichart and Northwest Marshes has been awarded and construction will begin the Winter of 2017. It is unlikely that the pump will be complete in time for this years waterfowl season.

Expected hunting success Poor to Fair
With only one flood event in early spring, conditions were favorable for getting work done in many of the wetland pools this season. Everything from tree/brush removal, disking, spraying, and seeding were done in many different pools this summer.  
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Again, we will not be pumping Kyle Marsh this season for renovation work needed in the East Unit.  Kyle West: We will be holding water in this unit and relying on rainfall/runoff for filling to the level to launch boats into. We will update this report as the water levels change. The west unit did dry down significantly this season to allow for some spraying of non-desirable plants which also allowed for some good response of native wetland vegetation around the edges. The majority of the unit is still open water like most years. HCR - 5

West River: Once again, with help from the Leavenworth Ducks Unlimited Chapter we were able to spread Millet and Sorghum in both the upper and lower units of West River. A significant amount of tree/brush removal was conducted in both the upper and lower units of West River along with some cocklebur spraying.  North- HCR-9, South- HCR-8. Pumping has begun and will continue until full pool is reached throughout the season.

Upper Ferguson: We performed a late draw down in this unit that promoted excellent native wetland vegetation. We also got in and sprayed some cocklebur and perennial smartweed which allowed the millets and annual smartweeds to dominate. This is our refuge marsh and closes October 1st through January 15th. Some of the best native vegetative growth on the area. HCR-10.

Lassister: Water was held in Lassiter West and water levels are still up near full. HCR-4 by holding water we sacrificed our chances for good native vegetative growth and good amounts of cattails and Lotus began to show up as well. Lassiter East was drained and half of it has corn planted in it. We will not begin collecting water in this unit until the corn is harvested. HCR - 8

Northwest: Nearly all woody vegetation was removed from within this unit. Corn was planted in this wetland to provide food for ducks and also to hep with the Reed Canarygrass issue that was covering most of the wetland. The new water control structure is installed in the East part of the wetland. We will not begin collecting water in this wetland until the corn is harvested.  HCR-8  

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down to allow for some milo planting and native vegetation to grow and we got a good response. HCR-8. 

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was drawn down this spring and the vegetative growth was decent. Some American Lotus and Cockleburs were sprayed in this unit as well. HCR-6.

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but has reached full pool with recent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some German Millet spread as well. HCR-8.

Reichart: This unit was drawn down and a significant amount of brush/tree removal occurred. We also sprayed some non-desirables and spread some millet. This unit also has corn planted in it to help with reed canaraygrass issues and other than the ditches of the lower unit, we will not begin to collect any water until the corn is harvested.  HCR-8. 

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

Perry WA has transitioned to a daily permit system called iSportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry WA. Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit to register prior to hunting season.



TUTTLE CREEK WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/23/2018

Waterfowl numbers

0 ducks   200 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =

Water level The lake is currently at 1073 and steady. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  The marshes and most of the river are frozen.