The Sams Lake wetlands restoration area opened to the public in 2008 as a wildlife sanctuary.
The Department of Aviation partnered with the Southern Conservation Trust and opened
the 56.6-acre wetlands restoration area at a cost of $5 million. It features a
reconstructed stream, bat houses, observation decks, and a walking trail.
Several small dams create three ponds, where bass and nesting birds flourish.
The wetlands also are home to turkeys, hawks, blue herons, crows, toads, egrets, and deer.
To ensure that the Sams Lake is viable long-term, the Airport monitors wetland
success criteria to anchor the site’s ecosystem. Sams Lake is located in Fayette County,
south of the Airport.
Learn more: Environmental Programs.