Arrowhead Landing (Site # 23, Central Loop) is located on Limestone Bay, another corner of the fertile Wheeler Reservoir and the Tennessee River. There is an outstanding view of the bay and the wooded areas on Beaverdam Peninsula. Watch the open water for rafts of Lesser Scaups, Red-breasted Mergansers, Green-winged Teals, Common Loons, and perhaps some surprises. At times of low water, check the mudflats for migrant shorebirds and the shallows for wading birds, such as Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets.
Gulls are regularly seen here, including Herring, Bonaparte, and Ring-billed. American White Pelicans can be seen here by the 100’s in winter on some days, though they move from location to location with frequency. There is always the chance that you will hear the loud rattle of a Belted Kingfisher as it announces its presence and darts on by.
The waters can be viewed from your vehicle, but note that the road can be bumpy. It does not require a vehicle with high clearance to access this location, but it does require driving very slowly over the bumpy parts.
GPS: N 34.6050, W 86.8922
Amenities: Parking, Driving Trail, Handicap Access, Hiking, Canoeing, Boat Access, Fishing
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Wheeler NWR Visitor Center
3121 Visitor Center Road
Decatur, AL 35603
Boat launch and parking area are accessible as they are partially paved. You can also scan the water for ducks and geese from your car.
From I-565 west of Huntsville take exit 2 and travel south .1 mile to the Old AL Highway 20. Turn right and go 0.7 mile. Turn left (south) on a gravel road and follow this road for 1.6 miles. Take the left fork at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge entrance sign and travel another 0.4 mile to the landing.
Amenities Available: Wheelchair Accessible
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