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Three Ponds State Nature Preserve protects two of the three ponds located along the base of a Mississippi River bluff. The two ponds were dedicated in June 2001 and an additional 311 acres were dedicated in June 2007. Today the preserve protects 528 acres of loess bluff, bottomland hardwood forest and coastal plain slough communities on the Mississippi River floodplain. Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) and sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) dominate the bottomland hardwood forest, while sugar maple (Acer saccharum) dominates the bluff. Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) surround the three small ponds, which have a surface area of about 20 acres and drain into Obion Creek. The third pond remains in private ownership.

Access is by written permission only.

Access Type: Research Only
County: Hickman
Region: Western Region
Size: 528.25
Owner: Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves

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