As of Jan. 4, Unit 4 remains closed to all public use until further notice for agency operations. All Unit 1 and 2 draw pools are now open. Positions are only at 16 total due to poor cover and deeper water. The DU Marsh and pool 14 in Unit 3 are also open to waterfowl hunting through the self-registration process.The Disabled-Accessible Waterfowl Hunting Blind was damaged in a storm and will not be available for the 2015 duck season, so no reservations will be taken this year. Planning is underway for new construction for 2016.
The area is located about 15 miles north of Nevada and 5 miles south of Rich Hill in Bates and Vernon counties. To reach headquarters from I-49/71 Highway, take Route TT east 2 miles to 1600 Road, then south 2 miles.
Four Rivers provides both managed and open waterfowl hunting opportunity. There is one disabled-accessible blind available through the managed hunt program. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. All four wetland units provide excellent shorebird and waterfowl viewing opportunity at certain times of the year, and over 180 species have been seen on the area. There is also a heron rookery in Unit 1 (south of the Little Osage River) in the Horton Bottom Natural Area. There is also a boardwalk in Unit 3 adjacent to the DU Presidents Marsh that provides opportunity to view emergent wetland habitat and wildlife. Field access roads provide opportunity for hiking and bird watching, but are restricted to foot traffic only. Facilities and features include three boat ramps (two lake and one stream), four streams, Four Rivers Unit 1 Reservoir (142 acres), Four Rivers Unit 3 Lake (20 acres), and four fishable ponds.
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Daily drawing at HQ for managed hunt in Units 1 and 2 during the Middle Zone Duck Season.
All other waterfowl hunters must self-register.
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