Two waterfowl refuges at Wapappello Lake closed to certain traffic

WAPAPPELLO LAKE, MO (KFVS) - Lost Creek and Asher Creek Waterfowl Refuges at Wapappello Lake will be closed to vehicle and boat traffic until Jan. 4, 2012.

The refuges were established to provide resting places for migrating waterfowls in the Mississippi flyway.

Both refuges will be closed to vehicle and boat traffic from Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 to Jan. 3, 2012.

Foot traffic is still welcomed.

The closures include some Corps of Engineers gates and roadways in the Lost Creek area.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the gate at Warner Davis (Corps Road #9) and Lost Creek Low Water Bridge (Corps Road #8) in the Shook area will be closed. The refuge boundary in this area follows Corps Road #8. Firearms hunting is not permitted on the lake side of this road during duck season.

In the Davis Schoolhouse area, the gate will be closed on Corps Road #10. The refuge boundary beyond this gate is the shoreline and refuge boundary markers. During duck season, only archery hunting is permitted.  Call or visit the Wappapello Lake Project Office to get a refuge map.

Buoys marked "No Boats" will be placed on the lake across the coves of Asher Creek and Lost Creek. A "Boat Ramp Closed" sign and "No Boat" buoy will also be placed at the Lost Creek Landing boat ramp. Should the coves be frozen over on the January 4 opening date, the refuge will be open and the buoys will be removed as soon as lake conditions permit.

The above roads, coves, and gates will reopen on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Yet hunters are reminded that no waterfowl hunting is allowed in the Lost Creek or Asher Creek Waterfowl Refuges. This includes teal, Canada geese, and snow geese. The Asher Creek Waterfowl Refuge, which is adjacent to the Lake Wappapello State Park, is closed to hunting year-round.

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) are prohibited from off designated roadways on land administered by the Corps of Engineers.

For more information on waterfowl hunting, refuge boundaries, and vehicle use policies contact the Wappapello Lake Project Office at (573) 222-8562. For lake information, call the 24-hour Recreation Hotline at (573) 222-8139 or toll free at 1-877-LAKE-INFO.

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