Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Welcome to Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge


Credit: USFWS

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of Reelfoot Lake as a refuge for migratory birds. Additional lands acquired in Southwestern Kentucky expanded the refuge to it's current 10,428 acres. The proximity of Reelfoot Lake and the refuge to the Mississippi river has always made the area a major stopover and wintering ground for migratory waterfowl and bald eagles.

Getting There . . .

Refuge Headquarters are located approximately 15 miles southwest of Union City Tennessee. From Union City take highway 22 north approximately 15 miles, turn right on highway 157, refuge headquarters is located exactly 1 mile on left.


Visitor Center Temporarily Closed

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge announces the temporary closure of its visitor center located near Walnut Log, in Union City, TN due to the upcoming construction of a new visitor center. The current visitor center will be closed starting October 6th, 2014. Construction of the new building is expected to take approximately one year to complete. During this time, refuge staff will be re-located to the existing maintenance shop office adjacent to the former visitor center. Phone and internet lines may be down for an extended period. Thank you, in advance, for your patience while we move forward with this exciting upgrade to refuge public facilities. For questions regarding refuge related activities, please call 731-538-2481 or 731-287-0650.


Last updated: March 3, 2015