Jonathan Creek Embayment (Kentucky Lake) in southern Marshall County - For details, check the Jonathan Creek page.
Kentucky Dam (on the boundary of Marshall and Livingston counties) - From I-24, take KY 453 and go 2 miles, then west for 1 mile on KY 62/641. For details, check the Kentucky Dam page.
Kentucky State Parks in western Kentucky - Kenlake, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley, and others. For more information, check the Kentucky State Parks website.
Kuttawa Heron Rookery & Roost - This is a dredge-created island in Lake Barkley, just southwest of the community of Kuttawa, which is near Eddyville. Beginning in about 1994, Black-crowned Night-Herons began nesting on the island, and Cattle Egrets and Little Blue Herons moved in a couple of years later. The heronry is a magnet for area waders, and some transient or wandering birds may join the local nesters to return to the island to roost every evening in late summer. For an hour or so before sunset to some time after sunset, large numbers of waders can be seen coming in to the roost during August & September. In the evening, the light is best from the north side along KY 295, about a mile and a half south of the junction with US 62, a mile or so west of the I-24 interchange. On 295, there is a sharp turn back to the east towards Kuttawa and a pulloff with an old gravel/paved lane that goes back to the lake. You can pull off there and watch the show from the old road or shoreline. Another spot where many of the birds might actually be closer is from the overlook area at the Old Kuttawa Recreation Area, just to the east.
Lake Barkley - From May through October, Lake Barkley eco-cruises (departing from Barkley Lodge, Lake Barkley State Resort Park) offer an excellent opportunity to travel Lake Barkley to view many interesting birds, such as nesting Ospreys (June - July). Other favorite locations include the powerline towers near Rock Castle, Kentucky, where ospreys nest and turkey and black vultures and double-crested cormorants routinely perch on powerline towers. Additional highlights include an annual osprey nesting survey for all of Lake Barkley in Kentucky during the second week of July. Viewing is often close (about 40 yds. for osprey nests) but far enough away to prevent disturbance to the birds. Great Egrets are observed in numbers near Linton, KY, during the osprey nesting survey. Additionally, other specialty birding trips can be arranged. For more information contact Ed Ray: 270-924-5831 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Land Between the Lakes in southwestern Kentucky - For more information, check the LBL website.
Metropolis Lake State Nature Preserve in McCracken County - From the junction of I-24 and US 60 in Paducah, drive west for 7 miles on US 60, then right on KY 996 for 5.9 miles. Turn right onto gravel road & drive past the gate to a parking area. For more information, check the Metropolis Lake website.
Open Pond (Fulton County) - Take highway 94 west out of Hickman, KY. Go about 8 miles to Sassafras Ridge (small green sign) and route 653. Make a right onto 653 and take the left fork. The road forks immediately after you make the right. Go 2.3 miles to dirt road on the right. This is Open Pond.
Peabody Wildlife Management Area and the Paradise Slag Pond in Muhlenberg County -The "Slag Pond" is located near the Paradise Steam Plant in the former town of Paradise, KY. This is part of the Peabody Wildlife Management area and a permit is required to enter. While there is no official check stand or entrance, entry without a permit can result in a significant fine. For directions to the slag pond, click here. For more information about the Peabody Wildlife Management Area, check the Peabody WMA page.
Pennyrile Birding Trail - Jones-Keeney, Tradewater, Pennyrile Forest, and White City Wildlife Management Areas. For more information, check the Pennyrile Trail website.
Pennyrile State Forest in Christian, Hopkins and Caldwell counties - To get there from the Western Kentucky Parkway take exit 24 (Dawson Springs) & follow Highway 109 South to Pennyrile State Park. Pennyrile State Park is located in the middle of the Pennyrile State Forest. Highway 109 also bisects portions of the forest. For more information, check the Pennyrile State Forest website.
Sloughs Wildlife Management Area, Sauerheber Unit, in Henderson County - Located about 10 miles west of Henderson on KY 268. From Henderson, take US 60 west to KY 136, turn west, then go 2.8 miles to junction with KY 268. Go 4 miles northwest on KY 268. For details, check the Sloughs WMA page. Sloughs is one stop on the Audubon Birding Trail.