McDuffie Landing, a 116-acre tract of land owned by the US Corps of Engineers, is currently open only for hunting and bird watching. A written permit is required for entry. Permits are free of charge and are issued annually after September 1. They may be obtained from US Army Corps of Engineers at either the Millers Ferry Resource Office, 1226 Power House Road, Camden, AL 36726, phone: 334-682-4244 or the Alabama River Lakes Site Office, 8493 U.S. Highway 80 W, Hayneville, AL 36040, phone: 334-872-9554. Office hours are 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Requests to process permits will not be taken over the phone.
Park on the shoulder of McDuffie Landing Road at the yellow gate and proceed on foot. The access roads of the old park make excellent “trails” for birding in river bottom hardwoods and pines. The area around the mouth of Beaver Creek in the western part of the property is subject to seasonal flooding. Red-eyed Vireos; Acadian Flycatchers; Northern Parulas; Yellow-throated, Hooded, and Kentucky warblers; and Summer Tanagers are common spring and summer residents.
Access: By permit only; please note that the entire property is open to bow hunting for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and wild hog.
Directions: From Haines Island Park, return to Monroe County Road 17, turn left on Monroe 17 and go 2.8 miles. Turn left (north) on Alabama Highway 41, and go 1.6 miles. Turn left (west) on McDuffie Landing Road, and drive 0.7 miles to the gate at the entrance to the property.
Or from the intersection of US Highway 84 (mile marker 64.2) and Monroe County Road 39 at Claiborne, take Monroe 39 north 8.0 miles to Alabama Highway 41. Go left (north) on Alabama 41 for 9.6 miles to mile marker 66.6, and turn left (west) on McDuffie Landing Road for 0.7 miles to the gate at the entrance to the property.
GPS: N 31° 44.756’ / W 87° 25.882’ (Entrance gate)
US Army Corps of Engineers
1226 Power House Road
Camden, AL 36726
Amenities: None; please note that there is no access to the river for boating at this site