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Kentucky: Ballard County Managed Wetlands Enhancement Project

Ballard County, Ky., boasts two important areas for waterfowl and other wildlife: Boatwright Wildlife Management Area and Ballard WMA.

Dix River Wildlife Managment Area

This restoration project restored and protected habitat for wintering and migrating waterfowl in Lincoln County, Kentucky. By constructing six levees, planting 230 acres of bottomland hardoods and restoring wetland function to 5 impoundments, we improved water level management capabilities.

Barren River WMA – Calvert Springs Wetlands Tract

To construct 1,200 feet of levees and install three water-control structures to create two wetland units with water management capabilities. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will manage the area for natural wetlands vegetation, seasonally flooded bottomland hardwoods and flooded agricultural crops to supplement natural wildlife foods.

Ballard Wildlife Management Area

This page displays a photo of the Ballard Wildlife Management Area.

Ballard WMA - Goose Pond Ridge Project

This project provides shallow water feeding and resting habitat for wintering and migrating waterfowl in the center of Ballard WMA. By constructing two levees and installing a 24 inch gate valve and one drain riser that allows for precise drainage, we improved water level management capabilities.

Sloughs WMA

This page displays a photo of the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area sign.

Westvaco WMA

This page displays a photo of Westvaco Wildlife Management Area.

Boatwright WMA

This page gives a list of the some areas that comprise the Boatwright Wildlife Management Area.

Kentucky Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Kentucky. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Kentucky Partners Project


Taylorsville Lake WMA - Moist-Soil Restoration

To restore 33 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Taylorsville Lake WMA through construction of 3,800 linear feet of levees and installation of several small water control structures. In addition, DU MARSH funds were used to purchase a portable pump to seasonally flood moist-soil wetlands.

Kentucky River WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To restore 10 acres of moist-soil habitat on Kentucky River WMA through construction of an exterior levee and installation of 2 water control structures. The objective was to create a moist-soil impoundment adjacent to the Kentucky River.

West Kentucky WMA - Slough Enhancement

To enhance 100 acres of moist-soil habitat on West Kentucky WMA through replacement of existing culverts with stop-log water control structures. This project will permit an extensive bottomland slough to be managed for production of moist-soil vegetation.

Barkley Lake WMA - Duck Island Enhancement

To enhance 400 acres of waterfowl habitat on Duck Island. The initial project was completed in 1987, but the wetlands engineering failed.

Ohio River Island WMA - Birdsville Island

To enhance 25 acres moist-soil wetlands and flooded agricultural crops on Birdsville Island through construction of a small levee and installation of stop-log structures. Flooding regimes are dependent on winter precipitation and backwater events from the Ohio River.

Sloughs WMA - Hardy Unit

To restore 100 acres moist-soil wetlands on Sloughs WMA through construction of 13,000 linear feet of low head levee and installation of several water control structures. Surface acreage of shallow water habitats was subdivided into four distinct units; each was separated by contour levees. Installation of a pumping station was necessary to provide reliable flooding capabilities.

Sloughs WMA - Crenshaw Tract

To enhance 75 acres of waterfowl habitat on Sloughs WMA through construction of two low head levees and installation of water control devices to enhance water management capabilities. The goal of this project was to provide additional waterfowl habitat along the Ohio River and to enhance public hunting opportunities.

Sloughs WMA - Alves Tract Acquisition

To acquire and protect 113 acres of wildlife habitat on Sloughs WMA. Since date of acquisition, KDFWR has constructed two low head levees, installed two stop-log structures, and installed a 4” water well to mechanically flood this site. The goal of this project was to provide additional waterfowl habitat along the Ohio River.

Sloughs WMA - Sauerheber Unit - Wood Tract

To enhance 100 acres of waterfowl habitat on Sloughs WMA through construction of approximately 6,700 linear feet of low head levee, installation of two water control structures, and installation of one 8" water well. Installation of a pumping station was necessary to provide reliable flooding capabilities. The Sauerheber Unit serves as a waterfowl refuge and receives extensive use by a variety of waterfowl during fall migration and winter.

Yellowbank WMA - Chenault Bottom

To restore 25 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Yellowbank WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. In addition, DU MARSH funds were used to install a well and pump station to seasonally flood moist-soil wetlands (45 acres).

Blue Grass Army Depot - Gem Lake

This project involved replacement of an overflow pipe with a suitable water control structure to enhance habitat management capability on the site. Enhancement activities created 12 acres of semi-permanent wetlands and 8 acres of moist-soil habitat on Blue Grass Army Depot. Water management for this project is dependent on winter precipitation and run-off from surrounding drainages.

Cumberland Lake WMA - Wesley Bend

To create two 18-acre moist-soil impoundments on Cumberland Lake WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. In addition, a portable pump was purchased to provide a dependable source of water during dry periods. The Wesley Bend project will serve as a refuge for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Heaviest waterfowl use occurs during late winter.

Yatesville WMA - Cherokee Unit

To create several small, shallow impoundments that will be managed for moist-soil vegetation on Yatesville WMA. Each impoundment involved construction of approximately 600 linear feet of levee and installation of several water control structures. Flooding will be accomplished via run-off from winter precipitation.

Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest - Clear Fork Wetlands

To construct 10 small wetlands on 5 sites near Cave Run Lake in eastern Kentucky. Scarcity of shallow water wetlands limits waterfowl use in this area.

Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest - Steve Morris Memorial

To restore a total of 46 acres of wetlands on the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Morris Licking River Wetland Restoration Project improved habitat for many plants and animals and taught hundreds of individuals about the value of wetlands in eastern Kentucky.

Ballard WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 860 acres of waterfowl habitat on Ballard WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. Ballard WMA lies near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Historically, the area was covered with bottomland hardwoods, but most of the timber was converted to agricultural production.

Boatwright WMA - Peal Unit Upper Blenderman Tract

To enhance 200 acres of moist-soil habitat and agricultural lands through construction of levees and installation of water control structures to provide water level management on the area. The objective was to create four sub-impoundments that would be developed as moist-soil units or planted in agricultural crops.

Boatwright WMA - Stallings Farm Acquisition

To acquire and protect 147 acres of agricultural lands and wetlands habitat near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Perpetual protection of this property, through its acquisition, will help meet KDFWR?s long-range goal of providing valuable migration habitat for waterfowl on key concentration areas.

Boatwright WMA - Lost Island Club Acquisition

To acquire and protect 215 acres of alluvial riverine habitat on the Ohio River. Perpetual protection of this property, through its acquisition, will help meet KDFWR's long-range goal of providing valuable migration habitat for waterfowl on key concentration areas.

Westvaco WMA - Town Creek Moist-Soil Units

To restore 500 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Westvaco WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures to control dense stands of willow and enhance waterfowl habitat. Additionally, Westvaco will construct an interpretative trail to demonstrate the compatibility of forestry and wildlife management practices.

Westvaco WMA - Indian Camp Waterfowl Area

To restore 600 acres of wetlands habitat on Westvaco WMA through construction of 18,400 linear feet of levee, installation of 7 full-round water control structures, and construction of a new well. The objective was to provide intensive management capabilities on 600 acres of agricultural land, bottomland hardwoods, and moist-soil habitats.

Obion WMA - Schaaf and Mathis Tracts

To restore 270 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Obion WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures on the Schaaf and Mathis tracts. The objective was to provide intensive management capabilities on moist-soil habitats. The impoundments will benefit a variety of waterfowl by providing shallow water habitat adjacent to the Mississippi River. Mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks benefit the most from this project.

Latourneau Woods - Acquisition Project

To acquire and protect 871 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat near Obion Creek. The tract of timber is one of the few remaining old-growth bottomland hardwood forests remaining in the lower Mississippi Valley. During peak migration, wildlife biologists have documented more than 150,000 ducks (primarily mallards, gadwall, and wigeon) using Latourneau Woods and surrounding agricultural fields.
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