This Old House

Published on: Nov. 23, 2011

a way you could say that our gravel drive has been updated to a chipped road. Water delivery should be more efficient and easier to maintain in the future. Over the last few weeks we’ve seen this work as we’ve already begun to recharge Pool 1.

The Garage Door and Exterior Windows: Entrance of water on and through the area.

In 2010, we started addressing some of the structural problems on Duck Creek proper. A parallel could be made with replacing a rickety old garage door and exterior windows.

• Ditch 1/111 structure

The ditch 1/111 structure was a management headache. We couldn’t capture water when we got it and had to intensively manage and maintain the structure when it did work. Now we have a structure that requires little work to operate and maintain. This benefits not only Duck Creek, but also our upstream neighbors. We can easily allow water to pass through and be captured into Pool 1 when it is available. It is kind of like being able to remotely close or open your garage door and even tweak it so that the cat has enough room to scamper underneath if it wants to.

• Pool 3 spillways

In Pool 3 we replaced one spillway and broadened it and installed another one on the other side of the pool. Similar to a room with poor ventilation, we opened things up so that water, instead of air, could easily pass through the pool without becoming stagnant. Additionally, like updated windows the function remains the same, but the efficiency and function of the structures has improved with this work. In May 2011, the structures were put to the test and worked as they were intended and allowed flood waters to pass through the pool and subside in a timely manner, without causing extensive levee damage or prolonged stress to the trees. The operation of the spillways benefits the long-term management of the trees, helps with flood relief to our neighbors and increases the effectiveness of our water management. For similar reasons we plan to put spillways along Pool 2 and C Pool in the future as well.

The Unfinished Basement: Developed and undeveloped portion of the area

Unit A has been pieced together and compartmentalized over the years. A levee was added here to protect the trees. A well and some pipes were piecemealed there to squeeze out a few more acres of flooded ground. The kids

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Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.


On December 2nd, 2011 at 1:43pm Anonymous said:

Darin the reason there are many more ducks on the north end of pool 1 is because of the water depth. Puddle ducks prefer 24 inches of water or less. This also provides more food with warm weather draw-downs. Most people have minimal interest in hunting the ring necks that utilize the south end. It is utterly ridiculous to think that 2 parties on 4 days a week have messed up pool 2 and 3 (many times these positions are not even hunted). You are very accurate in your assessment in the changes in Duck Creek, but this minimal disturbance has not and will not affect duck usage! If you really want more refuge for the area then close the entire at 1:00 (except for the goose only season). This occurs at many areas throughout the state and NO positions are lost. Survey some experienced, successful hunters and see which side they agree with. Thank you.

On December 1st, 2011 at 3:20am Sylvia said:

Hello, I simply wanted to take time to make a comment and say I have really enjoyed reading your site.

On November 30th, 2011 at 3:40pm frank said:

Thanks for the question.  Since the second week of November, Duck Creek has been wet…and by wet, I mean about 8.5-inches-of-rainfall wet.  Needless to say if you’re trying to do dirt work in the bottoms with these conditions you are not going to get very far.  The major dirt work had been completed before the November deluge, but the finish work and the structure installment were still in progress across the work site.  The contractor hasn’t pulled the plug on the project yet, but it looks like they may have to wait until next summer for things to dry out.  We should know what their plans are in the next couple of weeks.    I’ll keep you posted once a decision has been made.

On November 30th, 2011 at 9:58am Anonymous said:

How is it looking for unit a next year, is all the work going to be complete. Could you do a post on thr progress up to this point, havent seen anything in awhile. Thank you

On November 27th, 2011 at 11:55pm Darin Hudgens said:

To Anonymous, I have been hunting Duck Creek now for many, many years. I have seen it in it's glory days, so to speak. I do remember the duck blinds on the lake, I used to fish around them when I was a kid, but there have been many changes over the years to the lake since then. I remember when you could not see the other side of the lake from where you drive into Pool 1 entrance because of the timber on the lake. Today it is all but gone and this has had an adverse affect on the ducks and geese using the area over a number of years. From what I see today many of the ducks that use the mid to south end of Pool 1generally stay in the middle of the lake due to hunter traffic on the road and hunting on the lake. My opinion is reduced disturbance means more ducks spread out over the refuge and more likely to use the adjacent woods and fields for food and loafing. The reason I believe this is because the north end of Pool 1 is never disturbed during duck season and look how many ducks stay up there, spread out, and look at the hunting in A unit. Everybody and their brother wants in up there. Make the whole lake a refuge and this will happen to the south end of the lake also. Just my opinion. Darin

On November 23rd, 2011 at 7:05pm Anonymous said:

I bet Darin has not hunted Duck Creek for a long period of time. Pool 1 used to have blinds and be hunted regularly. The impact of two positions that are not hunted regularly is minimal at most! Frank must like to talk just to hear himself talk.

On November 23rd, 2011 at 6:30pm frank said:

That is the plan.  Have a good one.

On November 23rd, 2011 at 12:05pm Darin said:

I believe that if all of Pool 1 will be designated as a refuge, after the renovations are complete, this will create less disturbance to the birds on the lake from traffic and increase the numbers of ducks on the area. I also believe that this in turn will create a higher hunter success rating in Pools 2, 3, 8, and the south fields. Is this a possiblility in the future plan?? Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving to the Duck Creek staff.
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