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  The Fall membership meeting will be held on September 25, in Keyesport, at the Keys restaurant starting at 7pm. General membership dues are due in the fall and we also will have officer elections. Please come join us and get the scoop for the upcoming season and a year review f

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All members of the Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Association would like to welcome you to our new website. We have an open door policy here so if you have an idea on how to make hunting conditions better feel free to let us know! 
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For the Ducks

" Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are and doing things as they ought to be done"


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Thanks to CLWA Members

CLWA would like to welcome all its new members and sponsors. With out you the projects we have been funding would not be possible. Remember 100% of the proceeds go right back into the Carlyle Lake Wildlife Areas.
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WEAR it!

Nearly 90% of drownings on Corps of Engineers likes could have been prevented had the victim been wearing a life jacket.

Mission Statement

'We are a group of avid waterfowlers devoted to the sport of waterfowling at Carlyle Lake and believe in the creation and preservation of wildlife habitat and choose to take a proactive approach on waterfowl management, maximizing hunter opportunity, enriching the resource, and carrying on the tradition!"

Join today and become apart of our tenacious group and help influence hunting conditions and management for Carlyle Lake! "YOUR VOICE MATTERS!"

Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Association, Inc.

We are a group of avid waterfowlers and Outdoorsmen who for over 20 years have put forth an effort to help preserve the habitat for wintering waterfowl and all wildlife. We assist with setting policy in the best interest of the public hunter in the Carlyle Lake area while also representing the newly formed South Central Zone. Join us today and help Carlyle Lake become your home to a place that you'll once remember! "We Live the Outdoors!" 


Our general membership meetings are held in the fall and in the spring. See Events Calendar for other dates,  time, and agendas. Dues are only $15.00 per year! (NOTE) CLWA is not a guide service. For all directions, regulations, waterfowl counts and questions concerning rules for the public areas, please contact the IDNR or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their respective areas that they manage. Thank you.

News and Announcements

Fall 2014

We will hold the Fall membership meeting on September 25th, in Keyesport, at the Keys restaurant starting at 7pm. We will have a recap of 2014 work and fund-raiser. Membership dues are also to be paid at the door for the 2015 year. On the agenda will be officer elections and general board elections. If you wish to run for either please contact us before the meeting. We will also have a big announcement for walk-in areas 3-4. PLease come join us and bring a friend and introduce them to our club. Memberships continue to stay stagnant in all  sorts of conservation groups across Illinois. We have to start introducing people to local clubs and organizations for the better of the future. Hope to see you there!!!

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Who is IFOR?

IFOR apparently is a well kept secret in some sections of Illinois. As I have traveled around the State to speak to Organizations I have often been ask “Who is IFOR”. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about IFOR and ask that you consider joining with us after you hear our story.

IFOR stands for THE ILLINOIS FEDERATION FOR OUTDOOR RESOURCES. We are a State Wide Not-For-Profit Conservation Organization representing over 75,000 Illinois Outdoor recreational enthusiast. Our primary purpose and mission is to protect and defend the recreational and second amendment rights of our members. We have a full time Lobbyist located in Springfield who does an outstanding job representing our members and he helps us fight all unfavorable anti hunting, anti gun and anti outdoor recreational legislation.

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Work Underway

 IDNR  work is well underway in the sub impoundment areas. Corn is up out of the ground and just a few more acres are left to be planted. Once the corn planting wraps up the staff will begiin to plant milo and Jap millet to complete the 3014 planting season. 

 The Army Corps has wrapped up its spring planting season and most of which is out of the ground and doing very well. All sites have great reports so far.  If Mother Nature and give us some timely summer rain things will be looking outstanding for the 2014 /15 season. CLWA has intentions of seeding millet in walk in area #3 later this summer when planting wraps up in areas #1 and #2.  If lake levels permit we will also try and get some planted on the lake.  Thanks for all the hard work done by both staffs have done over the last two months to ensure us of a great hunting season!

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News from Carlyle Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area March 1, 2014

Every year you hope that all the pieces of the puzzle that we call waterfowl hunting fall into place and we have a good season.  Two of the main pieces of that puzzle are habitat, both food and cover, and weather.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck with those ingredients this year and as a result, we had the sixth lowest duck harvest in 41 years of record keeping at the site.

It all started with heavy rains in the late spring and summer of 2013.  Carlyle Lake once again reached a very high level and remained that way for an extended period of time, completely engulfing the sub-impoundments.  We did not start to see exposed ground in these areas until the first of August.  As a result, no corn or milo was planted and only a small amount of Japanese millet was sowed on mud flats, much to the thanks of the Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Assoc.  In addition, moist soil plant production was also delayed because of high water and as a result native food was very limited.  With such a shortage of available food, the only thing that could be hoped for would be a very mild winter.  And as we all know, that has not been the case.  It has been one of the most severe winters of all times.  The early “ice up” in December, not only made it difficult to hunt, but without an adequate food supply, the ducks moved on to a more favorable climate.  Almost 95% of the ducks harvested this season were taken in the first 30 days.  Only 267 ducks were shot in the last 30 days of the season.

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NEWS FROM CARLYLE LAKE SFWA August 26, 2013 - Bob Hammel, Site Supt.

Listening to the long range weather forecast that the meteorologists were giving this past winter, I was feeling pretty good about what to expect this summer.  Most were predicting that last summer’s drought would be followed by a similar drought this summer.  And after having a good planting season last year with good results during the duck season, I was ready to go.  Things couldn’t have turned out any more different or worst.  It has been one of the wettest years I’ve ever experienced and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen Carlyle Lake stay up at the levels, or duration, we’ve seen this summer.

The lake had never reached winter pool of 443 this past winter because of concerns with low Mississippi River levels and the affect it would have on barge traffic.  The idea being to use water from Carlyle and Shelbyville Lakes to assist with water levels on the big river.  But, when the rains started in mid-April, any problems on the Mississippi quickly went away.  On April 18-19 heavy rains hit the area with 3”-3.5” falling in most localities.  An all time record crest of 21.44’ was set on Hurricane Creek at Mulberry Grove.  And the crest at Vandalia of 27.87’ was just shy of a record.  Water from Hurricane came pouring through the spillways in “C” Levee on April 19 and the Kaskaskia followed shortly after, flowing through “A” Levee on April 20 and the Subs quickly filled.  Of course Subs 3 and 4 also were inundated in no time.  Heavy rain continued on April 23 and 27 and the Corps of Eng. went to a maximum 10,000 cfs release.  The lake crested on April 27 at 452.67’.  It turned out that this April was the fourth wettest on record in Illinois.

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