Location: Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge in Stewart County, TN, Lake Barkely/Cumberland River
Access: There are two access points for this bay: 1) Boat ramp off highway 49 just north of Carlisle; 2) turn off highway 49 at the refuge sign for South Cross Reservoir onto refuge road 6 miles east of Dover, cross a levee bridge and bear right a short distance to small concrete ramp.
Time Allotment: 1.5 hours +
Restrictions: This refuge is closed seasonally Nov. 15th to Mar. 15th
Hazards: Wind can be a factor sometimes along this bay.
Scenic Area: South Cross Creeks Reservoir is a long bay flanked along one side by highway 49. Motorized boats are restricted to idle speed/no wake.
• Bring snacks, water, bug repellent, and binoculars
Wildlife Viewing: Great
• This area is a favorite among kayak fishermen.
o Osprey and bald eagles can be seen frequently fishing in areas throughout the bay.
o A wide variety of songbirds and other wildlife are common sites along the forest and field edge.
o Waterfowl begin arriving on their migration route just before we open or close for sanctuary (seasonally closed from Nov. 15th – Mar. 15th).
o White pelicans can be seen in fall and spring.
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