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Northwest Loop

1 - Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area - Kiosk Site

2 - Wheeler Dam - South Landing

3 - Joe Wheeler State Park

4 - Town Creek Marsh

5 - Leighton Ponds

6 - Wilson Dam Visitor Center - Kiosk Site

7 - Wilson Dam Rockpile Recreation Area

8 - Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation

9 - Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge - Kiosk Site

10 - Natchez Trace Parkway - Rock Springs Nature Trail

11 - Waterloo

12 - Natchez Trace Parkway - Colbert Ferry

13 - Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area Walking Trail

14 - Bankhead National Forest - Central Firetower - Kiosk Site

15 - Bankhead National Forest - Sipsey Wilderness Trailhead

51 - Cypress Cove Farm

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Site #2
Wheeler Dam - South Landing

Northwest Loop

Osprey Description: Completed in 1936, Wheeler Dam was the first Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) hydroelectric dam on the Tennessee River. This dam impounds the 67,100 acre Wheeler Lake, creating a pool of abundant habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and gulls. Scan the water for Double-crested Cormorants and Common Loons, as well as a variety of wintering waterfowl during the colder months of the year. Bird activity below the TVA dam picks up considerably when TVA moves water through the dam’s turbines, producing rich feeding grounds for opportunistic Ringbilled, Bonaparte’s, and Herring gulls.

Directions: TVA’s Wheeler Dam crosses the river on AL Hwy 101. This site is the recreation area on the south side of the dam. Turn west off Hwy 101 and follow the road 0.5 mile to the boat landing.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.7940, W 87.3872
Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Hiking, Canoeing, Boat Access, Fishing, Camping, Picnic Area, Viewing Area

Contact Info:
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TVA, SB 1H, PO Box 1010
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010
(256) 386-2543