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Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake
Calloway County, Kentucky
36.7336° -88.1158°


Hancock Biological Station is located on the shores of Kentucky Lake in southwestern Kentucky. The region is diverse in aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Southwestern Kentucky has one of the largest densities of major rivers and reservoirs of any region in the world. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, ponds and streams are in close proximity. Kentucky Lake is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States (187 miles long) and is joined by a canal to Lake Barkley; together they have 3700 miles of shoreline and 250,000 surface acres. Additional nearby areas for aquatic study include the Cumberland River, Tennessee River, Ohio River, Mississippi River, Reelfoot Lake and the cypress swamps of Murphy's Pond.

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  • David White, Director, Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake -- david.white@murraystate.edu -- 270-474-2272
  • Nancy Lowe, Outreach Coordinator, Discover Life -- nancy@discoverlife.org -- 404-272-4526
Updated: 13 October, 2010
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