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