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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

Site Specific Regulations

  • Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.
  • 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 hunting not permitted


  • Turkey hunting not permitted


  • 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. Hunting is closed on Christmas Day.
  • 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
    • Squirrel hunting not permitted.
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunting not permitted.

Upland Birds

  • Upland bird hunting not permitted.


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


  • Boat ramp