Public Use Regulations
Need a Public Use Brochure? You can now print our Virtual Public Use Brochure!
Reelfoot NWR Public Use Brochure
Turkey Quota Hunt
Don't forget that January is the month to turn in your Turkey Quota Hunt Application!
Turkey Quota Hunt
What was that?
Don't know what kind of bird you saw? Reelfoot NWR has a variety of species. Check out this site to help you identify the species!
Join refuge staff as we search for eagles, waterfowl and other birds every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in January and February! Tours at 8:00am and 12:00pm, two hours each. Parties of five per tour. Call for reservations. Plan your visit...
About the Complex
The Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is one of 5 separate refuges within the West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The other refuges are Chickasaw, Lower Hatchie, Hatchie, and Lake Isom.
Reelfoot is managed as part of the West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Many people need our Public Use Regulations brochure, whether you are needing information on applying for quota hunts or just needing info on general rules and regulations. We've made it easy for you to obtain one of these brochures. Just click and print!Public Use Brochure
Certain areas of the refuge are closed from Nov. 15-March 15 for the protection of waterfowl, with the exception of the waters of Grassy Island, which will open Feb. 1st, 2016. All viewing towers, as well as the Grassy Island Wildlife Drive and Grassy Island Hiking Trail are open year round, and are great areas for viewing wildlife! For a map of closed areas, please view the map below!Reelfoot Map
The new Reelfoot NWR Visitor Center is under construction at this time, but check out what we have to look forward to in the future! The new visitor center will be 4,700 Sq. ft. and will feature a hands-on exhibit hall full of fun things for the kids and interesting information for the adults. A large activity room will be used for class field trips, and a touch screen menu will help you find out what's going on at the refuge! New Visitor Center
Attention teachers in Obion, Lake, Dyer, Tipton, Haywood and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee! If you would like some exciting environmental education programs that supplement your curriculum, contact Refuge Ranger Tara Dowdy for some exciting programs that are available to you for free!List of environmental education programs
As far as looks go, there is none more stunning than the wood duck. A lovely mixture of colors and patterns decorate the plumage of this species of waterfowl. Although their looks are flamboyant, their nature is not. Wood ducks are shy, elusive creatures that often frequent wooded areas. Unlike most other waterfowl, they will perch and nest in trees.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015