Dewey Wills WMA greentree reservoir bone dry for duck season opener

Inadequate water following drawdown leaves popular hunting spot

If heading to the greentree reservoir at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area for some opening-day duck hunting was on your calendar, you’d better find another option: The reservoir is pretty much bone dry.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that a drawdown of the nearby Saline-Larto complex over the summer has left the 400-acre greentree reservoir without enough available water for Saturday’s East Zone opening.

The Saline-Larto drawdown was conducted to facilitate repairs to the Cross Bayou Weir.

“Currently, water is not at the minimum level required to engage the pumping unit that floods the greentree reservoir,” the LDWF release stated.

The water-control structure is closed, which will allow rainfall to accumulate. But there’s just no way to know when there will be enough water in the Saline-Larto complex to allow water to be pumped into the Dewey W. Wills WMA greentree reservoir, the agency said.