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Missouri refuge areas closing for duck season

WAPAPPELLO LAKE, MO (KFVS) -

Calling all duck hunters!  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake announces the opening and closing schedule of Asher Creek and Lost Creek Waterfowl Refuges during the upcoming duck season in the middle zone.  

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

Starting Saturday, November 7, until Tuesday, January 5, portions of both refuges will be closed to vehicle and boat traffic.  

Foot traffic is still welcome.  

Closures will include some Corps of Engineers' gates and roadways in the Lost Creek area.  

The gates at Warner Davis (Corps Road #10) and Lost Creek Low Water Bridge (Corps Road #8) will be closed.  

The refuge boundary in this area follows Corps Road #9.  

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 #10A.  

The refuge boundary beyond this gate is the shoreline and refuge boundaries.  

Buoys marked "No Boats" will also be placed on the lake across the coves of Asher Creek and Lost Creek.  

Although the roads, coves, and gates will reopen on January 6, 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.  

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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