West Point Lake boasts nearly 10,000 acres of wildlife management areas in support of wildlife conservation and management, providing ideal habitat for an array of wildlife species, from turkey and rabbits to bobcats and bald eagles. And with its landscapes of forests, thickets, and fields, the lake offers plentiful food and cover, and an ideal water source.
Begin your wildlife viewing journey on one of the lake’s many nature trails, starting with Beaver Lodge Nature Trail. This half-mile loop trail leads to two boardwalks that hover over a swamp tract with marsh vegetation, demonstrating West Point Lake’s pristine ecosystem, and houses nest boxes for ducks, owls, and bluebirds, and is the ideal location for birding. Approach this trail quietly and you may see water turtles and frogs sun bathing, or ducks, herons, and egrets wading through the swamp. There are four benches located along this trail.
Wildlife Driving Trail
Don’t feel like walking? A watchable wildlife driving trail takes you through R. Shaefer Heard Park, providing a broad spectrum of wildlife viewing opportunities. Drive slowly through the park and you may see deer, turkey, rabbits, migratory birds, hawks, and more. There is plenty of parking to stop and scan with your binoculars.
The Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area hunting preserve of nearly 10,000 acres located at the north side of the lake offers habitat for many game and non-game wildlife, providing food plots, goose grazing pastures, dove fields, and swamps and ponds. Wildlife to be found here include geese, quail, waterfowl, doves, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, raccoon, deer, opossums, coyotes, bobcats, and more. Stroll through miles and miles of dirt roads and paths to see what you can discover. As this is a hunting preserve, please check the hunting schedule before heading out.
A birding hotspot! With 31,000 acres of parks and wildlife management areas and 525 miles of shoreline, you’re bound to see a little – or a lot – of everything. There is a vast array of waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors, as well as an influx of migratory birds. The lake’s rich ecosystem has produced a diverse habitat with an abundant bird population and a wide variety of species, and has put the lake on the map of two state birding trails, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Southern Rivers Birding Trail and Alabama’s Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail.