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Shelton Ferry WMA

Site Directions:  From Nashville, take I-24 east (toward Chattanooga) and exit at the Arnold Air Force Base exit (#117).  Turn right onto Wattendorf Highway.

The WMA is on both sides of the highway, all the way to Tullahoma. 

Site Directions: From Clarksville, take Hwy 48/13 south across the Cumberland River and stay on Hwy 48 towards Dickson. In 0.7 miles turn left onto Southside Rd. Turn left on Southside Drive and follow past Shooting Complex. 

This road ends in the Shelton's Ferry river bottoms and paved roads provide access north to boat ramp and south to various sections of the WMA.

Lat-Long: 36.40384, -87.28509

Hours: day light hours

Seasonality: year round

Fees: none

Site Description: This site is 628 acres of primarily agriculture fields with some grassy/scrub fields. A wetland near the northwest corner of the WMA has a small Great Blue Heron rookery. Mature forest stands are small, but trees line the river's edge.

Wildlife to Watch: Look for Great Blue Herons from March through fall. Bald Eagles may be seen year round. Check the grassy fields for sparrows and other early successional species. Dickcissels, Blue Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, Yellow-breasted Chats, Common Yellowthroats, Field Sparrows and Red-headed Woodpeckers are common across the WMA. Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers are regular as the Air Force Main Gate and turn left onto Winchester Highway.

Go three miles and turn right onto Old Brick Church Road.  Go two miles and turn left at the check station sign. 

To reach Sinking Pond, take Wattendorf Memorial Highway 0.3 miles and turn right on Hillsboro Road.

Travel 4.6 miles to a pull off on the left. C ross road on foot and travel road bed to swamp forest.

To reach Woods Dam, from I-24, go west towards AEDC, passing the main entrance and travel 3.2 miles and turn left on Winchester and Morris Ferry Boat Dock.

Travel 3.8 miles and bare right and go 1.4 miles further to the lake.

Access via Hwy 127 - Lat: 35.39877°N Long: -86.09453°W

Woods Reservoir near UTSI - Lat: 35.39877°N Long: -86.02331°W

Hours: daylight hours 

Seasonality: year round

Fees: none

Site Description: This area comprised 32,000 acres of Oak-hickory hardwood forests and open pine savannas with scattered scrub/shrub and grassland habitats.

Native warm season grasses and wild flowers are common in open areas that are burned regularly. Forest burning and clearing of forest to provide early successional habitat has provided ample thickets and heavy cover for wildlife.

Woods Reservoir is a large open water reservoir with multiple viewing areas.

Wildlife to Watch:  Forest songbirds are common year-round.  Priority Neotropical forest migratory birds such as Kentucky Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and Wood Thrush are common in summer.

Grassland birds such as Northern Bobwhite, Henslow's Sparrow, and Grasshopper Sparrow are found in summer.

Scrub birds such as Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Dickcissel can be found nesting. Bachman's Sparrow, although rare, may be found with some luck.

Waterbirds can be common in winter, incl. Common Loon, Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser and Red-breasted Merganser.

American Coots can be extremely abundant. Wild Turkey and deer are abundant across AEDC WMA.

NOTE:  Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas. 

TWRA Wildlife Management Area Regulations

Tennessee Hunting Guide

Tennessee Fishing Guide

Shelton Ferry WMA
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