Beautiful Views Year-Round at the Sloughs

For those of you who have never visited The Sloughs Wildlife Management Area, it’s time to plan a trip! This paradise for hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers and nature lovers offers nearly 10,000 acres of Kentucky’s finest hunting grounds. During migration, birds roam the area and land in the waters to rest on their journey. The wetlands are home to nearly 10,000 geese and 10,000 ducks during the winter.

The Sloughs contains a wide range of habitats alternating from low ridges, river bottoms, heavily wooded areas, crop fields, sloughs and wetlands. The area provides opportunities for viewing various animals, such as rabbits, squirrels, quails, raccoons, heron, deer and much more.

Bird watching and horseback riding are also permitted on all units, when open. (Horseback riding is restricted to existing interior roadways.) Wildlife observation towers are located along HWY 268 which provide public viewing and photographing of wildlife, especially waterfowl. No vehicles are permitted off of graded /graveled roads at any time.

There are several units to view wildlife, and also opportunities for hunters:

Sauerheber Refuge Habitat and trail info: A 1,775-acre waterfowl refuge houses up to 10,000 geese and 10,000 ducks winter annually. Closed seasonally November 1 through March 15. Observation platforms near refuge edge are open year-round.

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: One can view geese, American widgeon, green-winged teal, American avocet, common snipe as well as many other shorebirds and waterfowl. Swamp rabbit, squirrel, deer, quail, raccoon, beaver, coyote, and dove are found here as well.

Jenny Hole-Highland Creek: The Creek offers sloughs, bottomland hardwoods and some brushy areas.This is Kentucky’s largest Great Blue Heron rookery. Limited access by gravel roads. Primitive camping is available.

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Great blue heron, bald eagle, prothonotary warbler, waterfowl, swamp rabbit, squirrel, deer, quail, raccoon, beaver, coyote and dove are all found here.

Public Hunting Areas: Wildlife Management Areas operated by KDFWR in the region provide a variety of game.

Info: (270) 827-2673

Directions: (2 stops) – Take US 60 West (9 miles), turn right on KY 136 to Geneva (2 miles) then turn right on KY 268 NW (6.5 miles) to Sauerheber Refuge, which will be on the left. Gas, lodging and dining opportunities available in nearby Henderson.