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Central Loop

16 - Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center


17 - Decatur Hospitality Nature Park - Kiosk Site


18 - BP-Amoco Environmental Trail
(Trail Closed Through Summer 2016)



20 - Wheeler NWR - White Springs Dike


21 - Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area


22 - Round Island Recreation Area


23 - Wheeler NWR - Arrowhead Landing


24 - Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Peninsula Tower


25 - Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk


26 - Wheeler NWR - Blackwell Swamp


27 - Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station


28 - Madison County Public Lake


29 - Monte Sano State Park


30 - Hays Nature Preserve


31 - Wheeler NWR - Cave Springs


32 - Hurricane Creek Park - Kiosk Site


33 - Wheeler NWR - Dancy Bottoms Nature Trail

Northeast Loop
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Site #28
Madison County Public Lake

Central Loop

Blue Jay Description: Madison County Public Lake is best known for its fishing, but it also serves as an excellent introduction to northern Alabama's birdlife. Scan the lake for wintering waterfowl or perhaps a family of resident Canada Geese and their downy young. The woods around the lake host a variety of warblers and vireos during migration while resident favorites include Northern Cardinal and Blue Jay. From time to time, Ospreys may drop in for some fishing, and you never know when a vagrant gull or tern may turn up unexpectedly.

Directions: In Huntsville, AL, from the intersection of I-565 and US 431/231 (Memorial Parkway), take I-565 east (it soon becomes US Hwy 72) for 7.5 miles to Ryland Pike Road. Turn left on Ryland Pike Road for 6.5 miles (through Maysville where it becomes Hurricane Creek Road) to County Lake Road. At County Lake Road turn right and drive 1.0 mile to Madison County Lake. After turning off US 72 it is also possible to follow the Madison County Public Lake highway directional signs.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.8111, W 86.3940
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Fee: Free

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

Contact Info:
ADCNR
2501 County Lake Road
Gurley, AL 35748
Gurley, AL 35748
(256) 776-4905