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Ballard Wildlife Management Area
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 freq...
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Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Description: Primarily lakeshore forest with numerous woodlots and open areas, this park provides visitors frequent opportunities to view various mammals and bird species. Upland oak, hickory, mixed pine, hardwoods, bottomland hardwood forest, snags, cliffs, cool-and-warm water streams, rock outcrops and dead/down wood are special features.

Wildlife to Watch: Most viewing areas are adjacent to paved roads. All seasons provide opportunities to see a variety of mammals and waterfowl. Best viewing is early to mid-morning and early evening to sunset. Frequently, late night outings reveal much wildlife activity, especially for raccoons, striped skunks, bats and great horned, screech, and barred owls. Bobwhite, wild turkey, and woodcock are more evident in spring. Ducks and snow geese visit in winter. Grebes, loons, great blue and green herons, egrets, rails, sandpipers, killdeer, gulls, eagles, hawks, falcons, harriers, vultures, kites and osprey may also be seen. Other species that frequent the area are the groundhog, chipmunk, squirrel, rabbit, opossum, beaver, muskrat, mink, white-tailed deer, coyote, fox and bobcat. The harmless hognose snake, that likes to play dead when threatened, is frequently seen spring through fall. Other snakes are the black king snake, black rat snake, northern black racer and northern copperhead.

Special Tips: Full-time recreations supervisor, natural history programs year-round; self-guided tours.

Ownership: Kentucky Department of Parks 
Size: 3600 acres 
Closest Town: Cadiz

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchLodgingHandicap AccessibleFee

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Great Horned Owl - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Cadiz, travel KY 68 west for 9 miles to park entrance sign and turn right into park grounds; Barkley Lodge sign is 3.5 miles from front entrance. (KY 1489 is 1.6 miles from lodge.)

For more information call (502) 924-1131.

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park : Wildlife Viewing Area