WMA Overview

Size: 4132 acres
Location: Carlisle & Hickman
Contact: (270) 488-3233
Elevation: minimum 280 feet, maximum 456 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.8015, Longitude W -89.0933
Area Habitat: open land 27.88%, forest 38.65%, wetland 17.35%, open water 16.12%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except some areas may be closed to public access as marked by signs Nov. 1 – March 15.

  • Open to statewide regulations for hunting EXCEPT portions of the WMA as identified by signs which are closed from Nov. 1 to March 15.
  • Blinds must be at least 200 yards apart.
  • No more than 4 persons shall occupy a single blind at any time.
  • Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to 2 p.m. Hunters may not enter the area until 4 a.m.
  • On Forked Lake, Indian Camp Lake, Fish Lake, Number Four Lake, Black Lake and Upper Goose Pond Field and Town Creek Moist Soil Unit, all waterfowl hunting after Nov. 1 will be from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife-designated sites assigned by preseason drawing; even during periods of Mississippi River flooding:

- Hunters who want permanent hunt sites must register and be selected by random drawing the last Saturday in August;

- Individual must be 18 years of age and possess a valid Kentucky Hunting License, Kentucky Waterfowl Permit and Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp when applying for designated hunt sites;

- Blinds must remain within 10 yards of the designated numbered location;

- Permanent blinds, if constructed, must be in place by Nov. 20 and removed within 30 days of the close of the season. Persons who fail to remove their blind will forfeit the opportunity to obtain a blind site the following year;

- Persons drawn for a designated site (blind owners) may name one other person as a co-owner who may also claim the site each day;

- Blind owners and co-owners may not have more than one designated permanent blind site on the area;

- All selected sites must be marked with the blind owner’s name and permit number;

- Sites not claimed by blind owners by one hour before sunrise may be claimed by other hunters on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions & Description

South of Wickliffe along Mississippi River. From Paducah, take HWY 62 (west) to Bardwell, then pick up HWY 123 to its intersection with HWY 877 at Berkley. Continue south on HWY 123 to the WMA office driveway on the right less than ½ mile from the intersection. From Wickliffe, take HWY 51(south) to Bardwell and pick up HWY 123 to Berkley.

Bottomland hardwood forest, cypress sloughs, moist-soil units and cropland. Several oxbow lakes for fishing from bank or small boats. Great blue heron rookery. Populations of deer, turkey, squirrel, furbearers and waterfowl exist on the area.

Open to statewide hunting regulations, except special regulations apply for waterfowl hunting on portions of the area. Portions of the area are closed to all access Nov. 1-March 15.

Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.