Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (Site # 21, Central Loop) on the Tennessee River is managed for waterfowl and small game, although it supports many more species. Mudflats can be covered with shorebirds, serving as a key attraction to this area in the fall. Search among the typical Yellowlegs and Killdeer for unusual species such as American Avocets, Black-bellied Plovers, or Baird’s Sandpipers. The area is also good for migrant passerines in spring and fall when birds traveling to their winter and summer grounds stop over for a rest. During this time, shorebirds and waterfowl can also attract hungry raptors such as Bald Eagles.
Directions: In north Decatur at the intersection of US Highway 31 and AL Highway 20/Alternate US Highway 72 (this is at the south end of the Hudson Bridge just before it crosses the Tennessee River), take US Highway 31 north for 4 miles. Turn left (west) onto the Thomas L. Hammons/Harris Station Road. Follow this road for 4.6 miles. Turn left (south) onto Dairy Road and go 0.7 mile to the boat landing.
GPS: N 34.6780, W 87.0033
Amenities: Parking, Handicap Access, Hiking, Boat Access, Canoeing, Fishing
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area
21438 Harris Station Road
Tanner, AL 35671