Flooded moist soil impoundments and agricultural crops provide excellent wintering habitat for migrating waterfowl and outstanding viewing opportunities for the public. Wintering bald eagles can also be viewed. November thru February provide the best viewing times.
Lower Hatchie offers the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of wildlife including waterfowl, wading birds, eagles and ospreys. Visitors should contact the office for potential viewing locations.
The refuge offers sportsmen the opportunity to hunt archery deer, squirrel and raccoon. The refuge requires a permit, free of charge to the sportsman, and can be obtained at the refuge headquarters.
The lake is open to sport fishing from March 15 through October 15. Fishermen may use legally registered motorboats, but the use of outboard motors over 10 horsepower is prohibited.