The 1,483-acre Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) (Site # 1, Northwest Loop) along the southern shore of Wheeler Lake provides access to a number of habitats, including grasslands, agricultural fields, wildlife openings, and hardwood forest. This site offers numerous opportunities for viewing waterfowl, wading birds, and woodland and grassland songbirds. Scan the water for Wood Ducks and check the woodlands for mixed flocks of Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice, migrant warblers, and the occasional Downy Woodpecker. The WMA is primarily managed for Mourning Doves and small game hunting. The kiosk was provided by Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC as a contributing corporate partner with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
GPS: N 34.6594, W 87.1104
Amenities: Parking, Boat Access, Canoeing, Fishing
ADCNR: Area Biologist
21438 Harris Station Road
Tanner, AL 35671
In north Decatur at the intersection of US Highway 31 and AL Highway 20/Alternate US Highway 72 (the south end of the Hudson Bridge just before it crosses the Tennessee River), take Highway 20/Alternate Highway 72 west for 8 miles to CR 579. Turn right and drive 1 mile into the WMA. Follow the gravel road through the WMA about a mile to the kiosk.
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