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Land Between the Lakes (LBL), an International biosphere Reserve is a 170,000-acre recreation area offering an exceptional variety and abundance of wildlife.
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Ballard Wildlife Management Area
Description: This prime wintering area for migratory waterfowl and bald eagles consists of bottomland hardwoods, sloughs, and 11 oxbow lakes. Blue, snow, and Canada goose, mallard, wood duck, pintail, northern shoveler, merganser, American coot, and grebes as well as cormorant, anhinga, heron, and egret frequent the area.

Wildlife to Watch: Sandhill crane and whistling swan are sometimes seen in winter. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, gray and fox squirrel, coyote, red and gray fox, opossum, beaver, mink, and muskrat are frequently seen year-round. Diamond-banded water snake, snapping and painted turtle, crayfish, groundhog, Indiana and gray bat, killdeer, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, pileated woodpecker, kite, plovers, gulls, and insects are common during summer. Cottonmouth snake rarely seen-best chances during summer. Summer and fall are best for seeing barred and great horned owl, striped skunk, and raccoon. Look for bald and golden eagle in summer, fall, and winter; eastern cottontail rabbit and woodcock in spring and fall. Swamp rabbit, river otter, and bobcats are year-round residents but are rarely seen. Numerous migratory songbirds use the area, including Kentucky warbler, warbling vireo, and scarlet tanager. Common summer plants are buttonbush, lotus, and fire pink.

Special Tips: CLOSED OCTOBER 15 THROUGH MARCH 15, but a barrier-free observation platform with interpretive display and elevated wetland walkway are open year-round.


Ownership: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources 
Size: 8373 acres 
Closest Town: Oscar

RestroomsTent CampingBoat LaunchHandicap Accessible

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Gray Fox - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Paducah, travel US 60 west 17 miles to LaCenter; take KY 358 for 5.6 miles to KY 473 into Bandana. Take KY 1105 for 6 miles to KY 473; turn left at Lodge Rd., travel 1 mile to area entrance. The gravel road is a 2.5-mile loop.

For more information call (502) 224-2244.

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Ballard Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area