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Old Hickory Lake - Lock 5 Refuge

Site Directions: Travel on Hwy 231 north from Lebanon and just after crossing the Cumberland River, there is an access road on the right (east side).

Access on the east side of Hwy 231-  Lat-Long: 36.30374, -86.26255

North Dickerson Chapel Rd access- Lat-Long: 36.30789, -86.23384

South Dickerson Chapel Rd access-  Lat-Long: 36.30298, -86.23336

Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality: Refuge is closed to all trespass from 15 November through the last day of February.

Fees: none

Site Description: Consists of a tree-lined river and creek banks with cultivated fields that are subject to flooding in the winter.  Hunting is allowed.

The main waterfowl area consists of five ponds totaling around 41 acres (1 acre, 1 acre, 7 acres, 12 acres, and 20 acres) on the north side of the Cumberland River at the Hunter's Point bridge.

These ponds are planted in milo (millet if the season is wet and planting is delayed) and flooded in the fall to provide a refuge for waterfowl in the winter. Some other areas have gates that can be closed to retain rainfall to provide other wet sites.

Gravel roads for driving and walking are available at these locations.

Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl are abundant in winter with Mallards being the most common species.  Mid-winter counts average >2000 individuals annually.

American Coots are also very common in the area.

Rookery at Drakes Creek.

NOTE:  Some areas are used for recreational purposes.  Please use these links before visiting the location.

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