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Terrapin Creek SNP ~ photo by Greg Abernathy

Terrapin Creek State Nature Preserve

Location: Graves County
Size: 259 acres
Access: Access for research onlyResearch Only

Owner/Manager:
* KSNPC
Purchased with Assistance of:  
The Nature Conservancy 
* Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund

Link to Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
 
The Terrapin Creek drainage in Graves and Calloway counties is a highly significant aquatic system that supports an unusual diversity of fishes including several species found nowhere else in Kentucky. The area is characterized by extensive wetlands, springs and spring runs unlike any other in Kentucky that are home to a broad array of plants and animals. The commission's goal is to protect this important system from future modifications that could result in the loss of a unique Kentucky resource.

The commission took its first step in the long-term protection of the wetlands complex when, with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, 22 acres of land in Graves County were acquired and dedicated on June 4, 1992, forming Terrapin Creek State Nature Preserve. Additional acquisitions using funds from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund have resulted in the protection of 259 acres, mostly on the east side of the creek.

Access is by written permission only.