Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve
Axe Lake Swamp State Nature Preserve is a 458-acre (1.9 km2) Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission with assistance from The Nature Conservancy have identified Axe Lake as the centerpiece of an expanded long-term project to protect 3,000 acres (12 km²) of Bald cypress/tupelo swamp lands which is to be called the Axe Lake Swamp wetlands complex. This protected area is known to support at least eight rare plant and animal species. The site has been recognized as a priority wetland in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
Wetlands species of interest:
- Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
- Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
- Great egret (Casmerodius albus)
- Wood duck (Aix sponsa)