Apply by Friday, October 9

Clinton County will hold A Fall Waterfowl Hunt at Clinton Lakes County Park.

To reduce unsightly and unsanitary goose droppings found on park trails, lawn areas and swimming beaches, the Clinton County Parks and Green Space Commission will hold a fall 2015 waterfowl hunt. The hunting public is invited to apply for the required hunting permit, which will be issued without cost.

Based on the successful 2014 initial hunt, the 2015 hunt is expanded from portions of 4 days to portions of 8 days.

The 2015 program is limited to the following dates – October 19, 22, 26,and 29 and November 2, 5, 9 and 12, 2015 from one hour before legal shooting time in the morning until 2:00 pm. Full details can be found on the application and permit forms available on-line at or by visiting the Clinton County Courthouse, 100 E. State Street – Suite 2100, St. Johns, MI 49979. You may also e-mail the Clinton County Parks and Green Space office at and the forms will be sent by a reply e-mail.

A random drawing will be conducted on Monday, October 12 to select 5 lucky hunters for each open date. Each drawn hunter may be accompanied by up to two additional guest hunters. Guest hunters must individually apply for the hunt to be eligible to enter the park and should also have them submitted by the October 9 deadline. All applications, (including for guests) must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2015 in order to be entered in the drawing. If after October 12 hunting permits remain, the permits will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are gone.

The location of the 2015 waterfowl hunt is Clinton Lakes County Park, 4665 N. DeWitt Road, St. Johns, MI 48879. The 272-acre park was acquired by Clinton County in November 2013. The park contains a 90-acre lake and a 12-acre lake with a combined shoreline of approximately three miles.

According to Parks and Green Space Coordinator Tom Olson, “The number of geese is substantial and threaten water quality on park beaches. Hunting is an important way to manage the flock by providing area residents with an enjoyable outdoor recreation activity and food for the family table, while dispersing geese and other waterfowl acoss the many other water bodies and wetlands in the area.”

For more information, contact Parks and Green Space Coordinator Tom Olson at (989) 224-5128 or by e-mail at

Posted in: Local News.
Last Modified: October 1, 2015