WMA Overview

Size: 8014 acres
Location: Ballard
Contact: (270) 224-2244
Elevation: minimum 286 feet, maximum 367 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.1821, Longitude W -89.0271
Area Habitat: open land 27.44%, forest 27.76%, wetland 38.78%, open water 6.03%.


Main Unit

Open under county and statewide regulations, except: 

  • Archery/crossbow deer season: open under archery/crossbow seasons through Oct. 14, 2021 only.

  • Muzzleloader deer season: closed.

  • Modern Gun deer season: quota hunt only.

  • Youth – Gun deer season: open during the youth-only firearm season; closed for free youth weekend.

  • Squirrel: open Aug. 21 – Oct. 14, 2021.

  • Closed to all other hunting.

*The main unit is closed to unauthorized public access Oct. 15 - March 15; The area west of Hwy 473 within the two-mile driving loop is closed to all hunting as marked by signs; The 400-acre tract located south of Sallie Crice/Terrell Landing Road is open under statewide regulations for hunting and trapping seasons.

Directions & Description

Thirty miles west of Paducah, on Ohio River. From Paducah take US 60 for 17 miles to LaCenter, take KY 358 north 5.6 miles to KY 1105. Turn west through Bandana, follow KY 1105 to KY 473. Travel 6 miles to Lodge Road. Several roads within area.

Sloughs and agricultural bottomlands, some hardwood stands. Wintering bald eagles, eagle nests. Fishing in 11 lakes on area.

Special regulations for hunting and fishing. The 400-acre tract located south of Sallie Crice/Terrell Landing Road (formerly the Ballard Hunting Unit) falls under Boatwright WMA Olmsted and Peal Unit hunting regulations. Fee, advance application required of deer, waterfowl hunters. Write, email or call Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for additional information.

Area closed Oct. 15-March 15. Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.