WMA Overview

Size: 8645 acres
Location: Ballard
Contact: (270) 224-2244
Elevation: minimum 295 feet, maximum 361 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.0095, Longitude W -89.1218
Area Habitat: open land 34.97%, forest 15.16%, wetland 39.60%, open water 10.26%.

Regulations

Swan Lake Unit:

Squirrel: Open under statewide regulations from the third Saturday in May through the third Friday in June, and from the third Saturday in August through Oct. 14.

Turkey: Open under statewide regulations for spring, closed for fall turkey.

Rabbit, Grouse, Quail, Fall Turkey & Furbearers: Closed.

Deer: Open under statewide regulations for Archery and Crossbow seasons through Oct. 14 only, and the Youth-Only Firearms season.

Closed for Free Youth Weekend.

Unit closed to all public access Oct. 15 - March 15

Olmsted, Peal and all other units: Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons, except some portions may be closed to public access as marked by signs.

Waterfowl:

Please check back for 2020 details

Directions & Description

  • Peal Unit (1,724 acres): 4 miles west of Barlow on Mounds City Landing Road. River bottomland with marshlands and cypress swamps; 2 roads, access to 3 oxbow lakes. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
  • Upper Blenderman Unit (204 acres): same address as Peal. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
  • Zola Taress Unit (100 acres): same address as Peal. Open under statewide regulations.
  • Stevens Unit (73 acres): same address as Peal. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
  • Swan Lake Unit (2,200 acres): 6 miles northwest of Wickliffe on US 51/60. Primarily bottomland and flood plain area of the Ohio River, with several lakes and some interior gravel roads. Wintering ring-billed and herring gulls, double-crested cormorants, waterfowl, bald eagles. Special regulations for hunting, advance application for waterfowl hunting. Except for designated observation area, Swan Lake Unit closed Oct. 15-March 15 as waterfowl refuge. Public hunting closed when floodwaters prevent safe entry to blinds by wheeled vehicles. Fishing and boating available. Open under statewide regulations,
  • Olmsted Unit (2,096 acres): 4 miles west of Barlow on Salle Crice Road. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
  • Other units include the Stalling Unit (148 acres) and the Perkins Unit (160 acres).