Ohio River Islands WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 1264 acres
Location: Livingston
Contact: (270) 753-6913
Elevation: minimum 302 feet, maximum 347 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.2202, Longitude W -88.4516
Area Habitat: open land 3.72%, forest 14.00%, wetland 74.53%, open water 7.67%.


Stewart Island (also known as Birdsville Island) Unit:

Deer: Open under statewide archery and crossbow seasons through Oct. 14 only. Open during October muzzleloader season; closed during December muzzleloader season. Open during the youth gun season; closed for free youth weekend.

Quail & Rabbit: Closed 

 Open from the third Saturday in May through the third Friday in June; and from the third Saturday in August through Oct. 14.

Turkey (Fall): Archery and crossbow seasons open under statewide regulations through Oct. 14 only. Closed for fall gun season.

Turkey (Spring): Open under statewide regulations.

The Stewart Island Unit is closed to public access Oct. 15 – March 15, except during early muzzleloader deer season.

The portion of the Ohio River from Smithland Lock and Dam upstream to the powerline crossing at river mile 911.5 is closed to hunting. Stewart (Birdsville) Island is closed to public access Oct. 15 - March 15, except for October muzzleloader season. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to 2 p.m. Hunters may not enter the area until 4 a.m.

Directions & Description

hio River upstream from Smithland Lock and Dam. Stewart (Birdsville) Island and surrounding river area is a waterfowl refuge closed Oct. 15-March 15. Accessed by numerous ramps along Ohio River, including Birdsville Ramp off KY137. Public hunting allowed prior to closure. Twin Sisters, Pryor, Rondeau islands and a large marsh area located between Pryor and Twin Sisters islands provide waterfowl hunting from temporary blinds.

Access to the islands on Kentucky side north islands at Givens Creek Ramp off of Golconda Ferry RD, and south at Birdsville Ramp off of Birdsville RD at KY 137. Roads are accessible off of KY 137, north of Smithland, and on the Illinois side at Davidson Memorial Boat Ramp and Golconda Marina Ramp.

Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.