The Brainerd levee and retention area were built in the 1970's to prevent flood waters from South Chickamauga Creek from damaging the neighborhoods in Brainerd. This stormwater control structure has created a freshwater marsh and seasonal mudflats. Habitats include a cattail marsh, seasonal mudflats, wet fields, wet woods, shallow ponds, fields with shrub and shrubby edges, and riparian woods.

Ornithological Summary

An assemblage of wetland species makes this a significant site for this area of Tennessee due to the lack of habitat. This area regularly attracts a complement of wetland species in small numbers. Moderate numbers of Gadwall and Green-winged Teal occur in winter (20-50 individuals) and high counts of waterfowl reach nearly 500 individuals.
Shorebirds and rails occur frequently, although in small to moderate numbers. Marsh and Sedge Wrens also occur regularly during spring and fall migration.


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