Location & Size: Ballard County, 8,389 acres
Contact (270) 224-2244
Elevation minimum 295 feet, maximum 361 feet.
Area Habitat mostly wetland: open land 34%, forest 17%,
wetland 39%, open water 10%.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 37.00954, Longitude W -89.12183
Directions & Description: Peal Unit (1,724 acres): 4 miles west of Barlow on Mounds City Landing Road. River bottomland with marshlands and cypress swamps; 2 roads, access to 3 oxbow lakes. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
Upper Blenderman Unit (204 acres): same address as Peal. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
Zola Taress Unit (100 acres): same address as Peal. Open under statewide regulations.
Stevens Unit (73 acres): same address as Peal. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
Swan Lake Unit (2,200 acres): 6 miles northwest of Wickliffe on US 51/60. Primarily bottomland and flood plain area of the Ohio River, with several lakes and some interior gravel roads. Wintering ring-billed and herring gulls, double-crested cormorants, waterfowl, bald eagles. Special regulations for hunting, advance application for waterfowl hunting. Except for designated observation area, Swan Lake Unit closed Oct. 15-March 15 as waterfowl refuge. Public hunting closed when floodwaters prevent safe entry to blinds by wheeled vehicles. Fishing and boating available. Open under statewide regulations,
Olmsted Unit (2,096 acres): 4 miles west of Barlow on Salle Crice Road. Special regulations for waterfowl hunting.
Other units include the Stalling Unit (148 acres) and the Perkins Unit (160 acres).
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Kentucky Afield Destinations Article- Payne tract (Summer 2004)
Kentucky Afield Destinations Article - Burnt Pond (Spring 2003)
Heritage Lands Conservation Fund
2013-14 Public Land Hunting (PDF), page 13
Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve
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