Clinton Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers

Updated 1/31/22- ICE!

Waterfowl numbers are lower with the cold temps and very limited open water.

Waterfowl survey conducted on 1-28-22.

Waterfowl survey results:

Canada geese- 1,800

White-fronted geese- 350

Mallard- 670

Bufflehead- 128

Goldeneye- 350

Scaup- 18

Redhead- 52

Hooded Merganser- 125

Common Merganser- 500

Ducks counted but not identified-750

Total waterfowl counted- 5,033


Clinton WA marshes

I-Sportsman info from 10/30 to 12/31-

714 waterfowl check-outs/686 birds harvested

Average harvest was just under 1 bird per hunter (0.96)

Lake level


Lake level is 875.49 as of 1-31-22

(conservation pool is 875.50)


Hunting conditions

All Shallow water is currently frozen.

Lake- Frozen Large mixed-species rafts of geese and ducks have been using the open areas of the lake. Areas protected from the wind often hold small numbers of waterfowl. 

Coblentz & East Coblentz- Frozen.

All the Coblentz marsh pools are less than 25% full and frozen.

East Coblentz project is completed.

KDWPT staff has completed marsh pumping for the waterfowl season.

Shadden marsh is full, hunting space is limited. 

Elk Creek- Pool 1 is full, pools 2, 3, and 4 (Refuge pool) are less than 25% full and iced up. 

KDWPT food plots throughout the complex will provide plenty of food and a variety of water levels.


Clinton contains miles of creeks, rivers and oxbows on the wildlife area; each of which has unique conditions and frequently hold waterfowl when weather and/or pressure pushes them from marsh pools.
The refuge is OPEN.
Expected hunting success Poor

IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area is utilizing an electronic check-in system required of all hunters. To check-in / check-out, please go to using your licensing login credentials.   

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

Elk Creek (Wakarusa River) and Coon Creek (Lake) boat ramps are open. 

Rock Creek Boat ramp is closed; a gravel launch area for canoes and kayaks is available when lake is near normal pool.