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Old Hickory Lock 5 Refuge

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MapLock 5 Refuge

Location:  From US 231 over Old Hickory Lake (Cumberland River) (Hunter's Point Bridge), about river mile 263, upstream to river mile 265.5, including Hunters Point Bend and Cedar Creek from its mouth at the Cumberland River upstream about two miles, in the counties of Troudsdale and Wilson, Tennessee.
Physiographic Province:  PIF 14 (Interior Low Plateaus [Central Basin]); BCR 27 (Southeastern Coastal Plain)
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Geographical Coordinates: 
    Hunters Point Bend--Lat. 361853N  Long. 0861531W
Elevation Range: 584'
    584' Hunters Point Bend
Size:  880 acres
USGS 7.5' quad:  Hunters Point

Consists of tree-lined river and creek banks with cultivated fields that are subject to flooding in the winter. Main waterfowl area consists of five ponds totaling around 41 acres (1 acre, 1 acre, 7 acres, 12 acres, and 20 acres) on the north side of the Cumberland River at the Hunter's Point bridge. These ponds are planted in milo (millet if season is wet and planting is delayed) and flooded in the fall to provide a refuge for waterfowl in the winter. Some other areas have gates that can be closed to retain rainfall to provide other wet sites.

IBA Criteria:  4a

Ornithological Importance:  A refuge for waterfowl in winter is the main criteria for this site.
    Note 1. The 5-year waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans) average from the "Tennessee Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey," 2001-2005, is 2,217 birds of which Mallard was  the most common species with a 5-year average of 1,372. The total annual number of waterfowl during that survey period is: 2001 (5,495), 2002 (699), 2003 (1,376), 2004 (754) and 2005 (2,760). Canada Goose was not counted as it is considered resident and not eligible. American Coot can be fairly common with a 4-year (2001-2004) average of 1,870 birds, high 2002 (4,195) and low 2004 (206).

Site Criteria



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Max. No. Season

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Waterfowl (See Note 1 above.)





5, 6

Season1   B = Breeding, W = Wintering, SM = Spring Migration, FM = Fall Migration
Source 2  1-Atlas Breeding Birds of Tennessee 2-Breeding Bird Surveys 3-Christmas Bird Counts
4-Point Counts 5-Refuge Counts 6-Personal observations (Dan Lavacot)7-Other (specify)

Ownership:  US Army Corps of Engineers, leased by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
    Contact:  Resource Manager's Office, No 5 Power Plant Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075, 615-822-4846, 615-847-2395, Dan Lavacot, Refuge Manager, Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area (includes Lock 5 Refuge), 615-444-6673, ohwma@softek.net

Conservation Concerns: 

Management Program:  None.

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Disapproved as an IBA site:  February 2006--Yes 4  No 3

This page was last updated on 02/19/06.