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Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 855
  • Habitat: Approximately 60% of Powerton Lake, a 1,426 acre cooling reservoir, is open to waterfowl hunting. The remaining is a waterfowl rest area
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site
  • Only shotguns may be used for hunting
  • Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • In the event of threatening conditions, this area may be temporarily closed.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Deer hunting not permitted

Turkey

  • Turkey hunting not permitted

Waterfowl

  • 2020 Waterfowl Hunting Procedures:
    • Blind stakes will be randomly chosen in a drive through contactless manner by site staff one hour prior to shooting time. 
    • A harvest card will be given to each hunting group chosen. 
    • Hunting groups will self check out at the ramp by placing their harvest card in the check-out box near check station.  
  • Waterfowl hunting will be allowed on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and State holidays during the Central Zone duck season with hours being between legal opening time and 1 pm
  • Goose hunting is not permitted prior to or after duck season
  • Teal hunting is not permitted prior to duck season
  • Blind sites are allocated by daily draw, conducted 1 hour before shooting time at the check station
    • Sites not claimed during the draw will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis until 10 am, but additional entry into the hunting area will be prohibited until 1 hour after shooting time.
    • Hunters may register as parties for the drawing. Each party drawn is allowed to select a blind site, in the order drawn. Only those hunters registered as a party at the drawing will be allowed to hunt with their party.
    • No more than 3 hunters per blind.
  • Hunting is from portable boat blinds secured and anchored within 10 yards of the appropriate blind site. Blind sites are designated by numbered signs
  • Boats must be at least 16 feet overall length and have a minimum 60″ beam
  • Each hunting party is required to use at least 6 decoys which must be picked up immediately after the hunt
  • Upon vacating blind sites, all hunters must report to the check station within one hour and report harvest

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Squirrel hunting not permitted.
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunting not permitted.

Upland Birds

  • Upland bird hunting not permitted.

Furbearers

  • Trapping
    • Furbearer trapping not permitted.
  • Hunting
    • Furbearer hunting not permitted.

Amenities

  • Boat ramp