Caution Urged for Ballard WMA Visitors

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Recent flooding will still have an impact on Ballard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) when the area reopens to the public March 16.

Ballard WMA, located in far western Kentucky along the Ohio River, serves as a refuge for migrating waterfowl and remains closed for general visitation from Oct. 15 through March 15. The area is a popular destination for anglers and wildlife watchers when it reopens.

Predictions call for the Ohio River to remain at moderate flood stage by March 15. At the predicted level, most of the wildlife management area will be flooded. While Wildlife Lodge Road to the WMA headquarters will be open, all other roads will likely remain under water.

Roads will reopen as water recedes and crews have a chance to inspect and clear them.

Boats are permitted when the area reopens. However, boaters are cautioned that the river is expected to drop by 2 feet a day in the week following the opening. This rapid drop has the potential to create hazardous conditions for boating due to swift current.

Visitors should call the WMA office at (270) 224-2244 for current conditions before making the trip.