Great Kaskaskia River Duck Race Changed to Duck Pluck

Published July 11, 2013

CARLYLE LAKE - The 22nd Annual Kaskaskia River Duck Race returns to the Carlyle Lake West Spillway on Saturday, July 13, 2013, the event will have the same format as last year.  Due to high pool levels and increased releases from the Carlyle Lake Main Dam, the event has been changed to the “Great Kaskaskia River Duck Pluck”. Thousands of ducks will be securely placed on land in a fenced area located in the West Spillway.  A designated official will be blindfolded and randomly choose the winning ducks. The owner of the winning duck will be awarded $5,000 and nine additional prizes will be issued to the runners-up.  The top four runner-up prizes include four St. Louis Cardinal Tickets, a Pandora Bracelet, Sunday Brunch for four people at Krieger’s at the Holiday Inn Atrium in Mt. Vernon, and a gift basket and wing tray from Dairy King in Breese.

   Ducks are available for adoption at a variety of locations, including the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center and local banks.  Ducks can be adopted one at a time for $5.00 each, but special “Quack Packs” are available in amounts of $25, $50, $100 and $200. “Quack Packs” come with an array of discounts and gift certificates to go with multiple duck entries in the pluck.

   All proceeds from the Duck Pluck support the Healthcare Foundation, which provide educational programs, emergency services and medical supplies for individuals and families living in Clinton, Marion, Washington and Jefferson counties.  Over one hundred individuals received help last year, so even if your duck isn’t one of the winners, your adoption dollars support a good cause.         

For more information contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or e-mail us at


Doug Wasmuth

Release no. 13-048