This is a collection of all the Northeast Waterfowl Reports

BENEDICTINE WILDLIFE AREA - Last Updated: 1/21/2020

Waterfowl numbers Mallard Migration Rank:  3  (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.

Wetlands are full in addition to other flooded pools outside the levee. Ice is present as of Monday but may thaw as temperatures rise throughout the week. Waterfowl have been seen using the wildlife area in very small numbers.

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 Good quality wetland vegetation persists in all wetland complexes.  Native vegetation such as annual smartweeds, barnyard grass, and arrow leaf are the most common vegetation.  
Expected hunting success Currently there are very few ducks using the wetland areas throughout the property that are open to hunting. Small groups of ducks spread throughout the wildlife area.
Comments The majority of ducks seen on the wildlife area have been outside the levee.  REFUGE IS NOT OPEN TO HUNTING

CLINTON - Last Updated: 12/20/2019

Waterfowl numbers


Waterfowl numbers have increased again. Both puddle and diving ducks have been observed in the marshes and river, as well as the shoreline and open water of the reservoir.

The following waterfowl were observed during the last waterfowl survey:

Mallards, Goldeneye, Mergansers- both common and hooded, Canada Geese, Bufflehead, and Redhead.

Several thousand Snow Geese have been moving through the area, though none reported 

On 12-20-19 over 3,000 Mallards and 4,000 Canada Geese were on or adjacent to Clinton Reservoir.

Lake level

 875.64 -0.14 feet above pool, releasing 7 c.f.s.

 The water level is back at normal pool.

Hunting conditions

---ICE--- The marshes and shallow water on the reservoir are covered in ice. Warming forecast w/expected rain will open up the marshes.

Coblentz & East Coblentz- There is very little water in the north pool of Coblentz; the parking lot is accessible. The three south pools and the East Coblentz pool are full.

The road to East Coblentz (E100 rd.) is no longer flooded and the marsh parking lot is now accessible. The road beyond the parking lot is extremely muddy. Please beware of muddy or water covered roads and tread lightly on newly opened roads. 

The final phase of the wetland grant for Coblentz is nearly completed. We have placed an additional structure on the north pool to allow us the option to use an adjacent stream to fill the north and middle pools. This is in addition to the electric pump, which was completed in 2018. 

Shadden marsh (10 acres) is full and has good vegetation. It should provide hunting opportunity for a limited number of hunters. 

Elk Creek wetlands are open for hunting. The road to the wetlands (E100) was flooded for months, as well as all pools, dikes, and structures and parking lot. Please use caution when driving on muddy roads.

Pool 1 and pool 3 are nearly half full, pool 2 is full.

There are currently no plans to run the marsh pumps this fall due to the extensive flooding.

The refuge marsh pool is CLOSED to all activities until January 16th.

Ducks and Canada Geese were observed loafing in open water around the main body of the lake, as well as shallow floodwater in the upper reaches of the tributaries, and on harvested corn fields. Good numbers of geese have been seen on harvested grain fields as well as rocky shorelines, and on ice.

As the weather warms, the amount of ice in marshes and on the reservoir will decrease, greatly increasing utilization by waterfowl and hunters alike. 

Breaking ice will likely stay open for several days.

Expected hunting success Good

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.


 The REFUGE is currently CLOSED to all activities from Oct. 1st to Jan. 15th

HILLSDALE - Last Updated: 2/20/2020

Waterfowl Numbers

The Hillsdale Wildlife Area has experienced very high flood levels throughout the spring and summer.  Because of the flooding, many of the wetlands and marshes remained submerged throughout the growing season.  This has prevented the growth of moist soil vegetation as well as seed production.  Some successful moist soil vegetation growth has occurred in the upper ends of the Youth-Mentor Wetland and the upper pool of Browns Wetland.  This will provide some food for waterfowl but not at levels that could be expected in a normal water-level year.   


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.

Mallards, wood ducks, gadwalls, American wigeon, Northern shovelers, pintails, blue-winged teal, and green-winged teal have all been surveyed in the area.  As of 02/20/2020 these was no ice cover throughout the wildlife area.  Groups of mallards in the 100's have been seen using the wetland pools.  Groups of Northern Shoveler have been seen as well on the wetland pools.  Large numbers of divers are still being seen all across the main body of the lake.  Groups with at least 100 birds have been common.  These groups have been primarily made up of goldeneye with the occasional redhead, bufflehead, and scaup.  Canvas back and common mergansers have also been surveyed on the main body of the lake.  Around 50 Canada geese were surveyed on the main body of the lake and the wetland pools.       

Waterfowl were consistently harvested across all wetland pools throughout the season.  Hunters also saw success on parts of the main lake.  Filled bag limits have not been uncommon when conditions have been favorable.    

Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Full 

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - Full with slowly dropping water level 

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - Full

Youth-Mentor Wetland - 3/4 with flooded vegetation and slowly dropping water level

Wade Branch Wetlands - Full

Hillsdale Lake - See Army Corps Daily Report

ICE CONDITION - 0% ice cover


Reminder - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Hillsdale Wildlife Area. All hunters (youth included) must register online and create an individual account.  Hunters can then check in using the I-sportsman system from any phone or internet device. This can be done immediately before the hunt or the night before the hunt.  The information and harvest data collected, along with comments received are very useful in establishing future management goals for the Hillsdale State Wildlife Area. for more information on seasons and limits.

JEFFREY ENERGY CENTER - Last Updated: 1/7/2020

Waterfowl numbers

Ducks:  200+ mixed ducks. Mixed bag of teal, scaup, goldeneye, and mallards. A reminder that no boats are allowed on Auxillary Lake during waterfowl season. 

Geese: 6,000 + snow geese are using the area and the surrounding private agricultural fields. 

Water level High
Hunting conditions Fair
Expected hunting success Fair

Make-up Lake is closed to waterfowl hunting during waterfowl season. Boats are not allowed on Auxillary lake during waterfowl season.

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: 1/23/2020

Waterfowl numbers

Duck season is open January 18-26.

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.

Approximately 2,500 ducks and 300 Canada Geese were observed using the reservoir.  All wetlands have been frozen with the temperature change.  


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Lake level Current Lake Level is 1141.55 and Conservation Pool is 1144.4 The dam is releasing 1,500 CFS. The inflow into the lake is unknown due to ice. 
Hunting conditions

Vegetation growth and seed production was not permitted this year due to the extent and duration of flooding we've experienced this past year.  The majority of the wetlands are still under water with little or no cover to provide favorable hunting conditions.  This will be a very difficult waterfowl season at Milford Wildlife Area.

Mall creek and Lower smith/Gatesville boat ramps are now open, most of the wildlife area roads are open, but use caution in some soft areas around the wildlife area due to silt and the ground moisture.

Be mindful of the silt that has moved into many of the flooded areas.  Even in areas where the water appears shallow the silt may be very soft and very deep.  Use caution in these areas.

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 Average.

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.

Do NOT drive on barricaded roadways.

Remember - an electronic permit/sign-in on Isportsman is required for all hunting on Milford Wildlife Area. All hunters (youth included) must first register online by creating an account.  Hunters can then 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. for more information on seasons and limits.

PERRY - Last Updated: 2/17/2020

Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 2/14/2020 showing a decrease in waterfowl numbers. Approx 900 ducks were seen in the area during the survey. Approx 1000 geese were seen in the area with almost all being Canada Geese. Most of the lake was frozen and all of the wetlands were frozen. Due to significant and repeated flooding wetland habitat conditions and cover are poor. With the increase of moisture in our watershed, Perry Lake has increased outflow to 1000cfs. West River Boat Ramp/Parking is inaccessible and will remain CLOSED until renovations can be completed. Kyle Marsh boat ramps are both accessible now. Some wetlands have began drawing down for renovation work. 
Mallard Migration Rank = 1 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 1.85 Feet Below Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Due to repeated and long lasting flooding habitat conditions are poor
Expected hunting success Poor 
With the lake levels reaching an all time high this year we were unable to do any habitat work in our wetlands. The high lake levels also resulted in minimal vegetation growth in the wetlands and along the levees as many of the levees are under or were under water for a period of time. 
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: Draw down has begun. Kyle Marsh has remained under water for most of the year, habitat conditions are poor. Currently the parking lot and both boat ramps are accessible. HCR-1

West River: Draw down has begun. West River has remained under water for most of the year, habitat conditions are poor. Currently the boat ramp to the Delaware River and parking lot off of 150th Rd is CLOSED FOR CLEANUP AND RENOVATION (anticipated reopening Spring 2020) HCR-1

Upper Ferguson: Draw down has begun. Upper Ferguson has remained under water for most the year. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-1.

Lassister: Full Pool. West Unit: This unit was worked prior to flooding and there was vegetation growth but had went underwater multiple times, water was held and is now at full pool. East Unit: Water was held in this unit from last year, flooding did occur but was minimal compared to other wetlands. HCR-3

Northwest: Full Pool, a slow draw down was attempted prior to flooding. Vegetation growth was limited and water levels had topped the levees multiple times. HCR-2

Headquarters: Draw down has begun. This wetland had remained under water most of the year so habitat and cover are poor. HCR-1

Mitigation: Full Pool. This wetland had remained under water throughout the year. Standing corn was left in the unit from last year but no habitat work was done this year. HCR-1

Hayward: Full Pool. This wetland had experience repeated flooding throughout the year with some vegetation growth on the edges. HCR-2

Reichart: Draw down has begun on lower pool and upper west pool. A portion of this wetland was worked before flooding had occurred and there was minimal vegetation growth but had remained under water for most of the year. HCR-2. 

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: 2/7/2020

Waterfowl numbers

50 ducks  100 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =10

Water level The lake is currently at 1072 and holding.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  Due to the flooding expected success is very low due to the lack of food and cover.