'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!"
IF YOU HUNT PUBLIC AREAS, AND THESE ISSUES ARE OF INTEREST TO YOU, JOIN THE CARLYLE LAKE WATERFOWLERS TODAY AND HELP MAKE CARLYLE LAKE A BETTER PLACE TO HUNT!
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
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing for the closure of all USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning Tuesday, October 1, if the potential shutdown of the federal government for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation goes into effect. Affected recreation areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted.
USACE parks with leased areas and concessionaires will remain open, but cannot be supported by USACE personnel or services while the shutdown is in place.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers understands and sincerely regrets the impacts that these actions will have on the American recreating public if we are required to close our recreation areas,” said James R. Hannon, USACE Chief of Operations in Washington, D.C. “We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use USACE recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible once the government shutdown is lifted.”
Beginning Tuesday and continuing through the end of the shutdown, if it goes into effect, no new visitors will be allowed into or reservations accepted for USACE recreation facilities.
In the event of a shutdown, campers who are on site prior to the shutdown going into effect will be required to vacate campgrounds not later than 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 2. These campers may elect to leave their campsite reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. Campers will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations
Customers scheduled to arrive while the potential shutdown is in effect may cancel their reservations for a full refund. These customers may also elect to leave reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted an
Our annual Fall meeting will be held Thursday September 26th at the Keys Lounge. The meeting will get underway around 7pm. Big Ron is going to serve fish for an appetizer on first come first serve. Bob Hammel (IDNR) and Doug Wasmuth (Corps) will be our guest speakers. There will be door prizes and a raffle to conclude the meeting. Hope everyone can come out and enjoy the evening. Remember that your membership dues of $15 are due before the meeting. Guests and kids are welcome!
By Joe Smothers
The 2013 spring planting season started out damp and continued that way through much of the season. The only crops planted this year were located on higher upland fields and were planted over a month to six weeks behind schedule. Heavy rain storms in April, May and June caused Carlyle Lake to rise to levels above 450.0 NVGD and the high levels remained until late July; thus making it impossible to plant grain crops in the lower wetland areas. These low wetland areas finally begin showing exposed mudflats in mid-August. Some fields were hand seeded to Japanese millet, but because of the conflict with the upcoming September 1st early Canada goose season not all areas could be seeded. Specific hunting areas along with the management activities are highlighted below.
Japanese millet was hand seeded on some exposed mudflats at Boulder Flats in the North Fork-East Wetland Unit. Some natural moist soil vegetation is available at the Whitetail Wetland Unit and Wood Duck Wetland Unit. If favorable weather and lake conditions exist in late October, winter wheat strips will be planted in the upper field in the Whitetail Wetland Unit.
The James Hawn Wetland Unit was hand seeded to Japanese millet on exposed mud flats in mid-August. Little natural moist soil vegetation exists throughout the area. In late October small winter wheat strips will be planted in the upper field.
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.
High Water continues through the entire month of July as the downstream farmers continue to win the battle of the lake release rates. This will mark the fourth time in six years that the IDNR sub-impoundments will go un-touched and not see a stitch of food for hunting season. High lake levels are keeping the IDNR staff from drawing down the sub areas that have had water on them since last October. Even now, Jap millet planting will be very unlikely as you only have until August 15th to seed millet due to restrictions with early teal season. Last year IDNR staff planted nearly 700 acres of various foods for wintering ducks and there were around 9,500 hunter trips to the IDNR areas. On years were we don't get food planted that number declines to 3,000/4,000,and that being said it usually means harvest numbers are way down as well. Its time we be heard and we encourage everyone who hunts Carlyle to join this organization. We can not win the battle with 185 members! Keep an eye on the fall meeting date and hope to see you there.
Anyone between the ages of 10 & 16 who are interested in attending the 17th Annual Outdoor Youth Skills Camp, on August 9-11, 2013 at Lotus Camp Grounds. Lotus is located at the Cole's Creek Recreation Area. Parents should click on the IFOR link for contact information and sign up forms. The camp is very well chaperoned and has adequate shelters for storms and excessive heat. Kids will learn archery, fishing, gun safety, horseback riding, wildlife ecology, field trials, trapping and shooting sports...
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