Location: Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge in Stewart County, TN, Lake Barkely/Cumberland River
Access: Long Creek Bay can be accessed just below the refuge office and visitor center. Follow the gravel road down the hill past the office to the parking lot just on the left. Just adjacent to the refuge, Lick Creek Bay can be accessed off Colson Road at Lick Creek Recreation Area in Dover.
Restrictions: This refuge is closed seasonally Nov. 15th to Mar. 15th
Time Allotment: 3.5 hours +
Hazards: Motor boat traffic is more common in Long and Lick Creek Bays more than other areas on the refuge. Wind can be a factor on these bays. Beware of barge traffic if connecting to the Cumberland River.
Scenic Area: Parts of Long Creek are off the refuge and it is also connected to Lick Creek which is adjacent to the refuge. Lick Creek opens to the Cumberland River
• These are two large bays with many twists and turns or islands to explore.
• Bring snacks, water, bug repellent, and binoculars
Wildlife Viewing: Great
• This area is a favorite among kayak fishermen.
o An osprey nesting platform is adjacent to the refuge access point and is occupied in the summer months.
o White pelicans can be seen late fall and early spring in this area.
o Waterfowl begin arriving in early winter and are around soon after the refuge opens from sanctuary.
o Herons, egrets and cormorants frequent this area.
o Wild turkey and white-tailed deer can be seen along the adjacent fields
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