South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Russell Creek Waterfowl Area
Property LocationMount Carmel, SC 29840
Latitude: 34 Longitude:-82.549
Game Zone: 2
Property Type: Waterfowl Area
Hours of Operation
Waterfowl Hunting-Wed & Sat mornings only from 1/2 hour before sunrise until noon. Game Zone 2 regulations apply for non-waterfowl hunting and other allowable activities. Consult WMA Regulations for more information.
Activities / Facilities
Property Owner Information
|US Army Corps of Engineers|
'US Army Corps of Engineers' is the property Owner and has a cooperative partnership with SCDNR to manage this property.
Russell Creek Waterfowl Management Area is a series of 4 adjoining impoundments that inundate approximately 40 acres at full pool. The area is adjacent to J. Strom Thurmond Lake (a portion of the lake is within the Waterfowl Management Area boundary) on US Army Corps of Engineers land and is managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Russell Creek WMA is a Category II designated waterfowl area open to waterfowl hunting on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (from 1/2 hour before sunrise till noon), hunting for other game species in accordance with Game Zone 2 regulations, and other allowable uses such as hiking and wildlife viewing. The impoundments are a short walk from the parking area and hunters must bring their own equipment. Be aware water may be over wader depth in many areas of the impoundments, and a good retrieving dog can be helpful.
Wood duck is the most common species to frequent the area; however, Canada geese, teal, mallard, ring-necked duck,hooded merganser, and other species are occasionally observed. Water levels are manipulated in attempt to promote desirable native vegetation, such as smartweed, panicgrass, and sedges; agriculture crops, such as corn, sorghum, and millets, are established for a supplemental food source. A scattering of water oaks provide hard mast. Please Note: SCDNR has the capacity to "manually" put water on less than 3 acres of one impoundment. The inundation of the remaining acreage is entirely rain dependant.
All waterfowl hunters utilizing the area must obtain a permit at the check-in box, located at the entrance, before hunting and check-out when leaving and possess a hunting license, Wildlife Management Area Permit, Migratory Bird Permit, Harvest Information Permit (HIP) and state and federal duck stamps. Each hunter is limited to 25 non-toxic shells (steel, bismuth, bismuth-tin, tungsten- polymer, tungsten-iron) per hunt. All other federal, state, and WMA regulations apply. Please refer to current SCDNR Rules and Regulations, and Migratory Bird Regulations for more information.