Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

Dedicated on June 24, 1979, Six Mile Island State Nature Preserve is an 85-acre island located in the Ohio River in Jefferson County near Louisville that is noted for its variety of waterbirds. This island was protected so that it would be allowed to return to its original natural state. With time, the island will allow researchers and citizens the unique opportunity to study the ecology of riverine island systems.

  • Features - undeveloped riverine island
  • Access - by boat
  • Facilities - none
  • Hazards - barge and motorboat traffic
  • Activities - nature study, birding, etc


Jefferson County. From the junction of I-71 and Zorn Avenue, turn right onto Zorn Avenue for 0.2 mile, then right on River Road for 0.5 mile to the Cox Park boat ramp. Island is 1.5 miles upstream from landing.

Access Type: Open to Public
County: Jefferson
Region: Bluegrass Region
Size: 85.58
Owner: Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

Purchased with Assistance of:
Lat: 38.287118
Long: -85.687591
Image of Terrapin Creek

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit FAQs Page