Wildlife Viewing and Photography

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Listed below are some of the more popular locations to view and photograph wildlife. These areas are open to the public during daylight hours.


V.L. Childs Observation Deck

On the Big Sandy Unit near Britton Ford Peninsula off Swamp Creek Road. Open year round with spotting scope and interpretative signs.

Bennett’s Creek Observation Deck

On the Big Sandy Peninsula north of the town Big Sandy. Open year round with spotting scope. A good location to view bald eagles in the winter.

Duck River Bottoms Overlook

Off Birdsong Road or Highway 191. Open year round providing an excellent view overlooking the river and Duck River Bottoms. Deck located at end of ¼ mile hiking trail.

Pintail Point Observation Blind

In Duck River Bottoms off Haul Road. Open year round providing views of waterfowl in the winter and many other birds in other seasons. Blind located at end of short 150 yard trail.

Blue Goose Boulevard Interpretative Drive

In Duck River Bottoms off Refuge Land. Open March 16 - November 15. Allows visitors to view wildlife with interpretative signs explaining the habitat types and refuge management practices.