Clinton Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers


Duck numbers were down slightly during the waterfowl survey conducted on 12/14. The largest group of ducks was again observed in the refuge area, but they were consistently moving west toward the marsh complexes and throughout the lake.

The vast majority of all ducks observed were mallards. Other species observed were pintail, common merganser, hooded merganser, goldeneye, bufflehead, and coots.

There were 300 Canada geese observed as well. 

Waterfowl numbers in the marshes are sporadic, but fair numbers of hunters have had success and have continued to record harvest on I-Sportsman.


Lake level  875.62 - 0.12 feet above pool
Hunting conditions

The marshes have begun to thaw out and the ice is melting. They have some areas with open water or thin ice, but the warm temperatures in the forecast should decrease the ice.

Mud flats and shorelines in the shallower portions of the reservoir have shown a fair rate of hunter success and more species of waterfowl than the marsh pools so far. These groups have up to 250 birds observed in a group.

The pump has been shut off at Coblentz marsh- all pools are full, including East Coblentz.

Elk Creek - We will continue pumping as long as water levels allow. Pool one is 80% full, pool two is about 90% full and should rise over the next week. Pool three is full. Currently, all water pumped is moving to pool 2 to gain quality flooded acres. 

The refuge marsh pool is dry. (and closed)

Shadden marsh does not have water this year.

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.

Rock Creek Boat Ramp is CLOSED

 The REFUGE is closed to all activities from Oct. 1 to Jan. 15