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    Public Use Regulations

    Need a Public Use Brochure? You can now print our Virtual Public Use Brochure!

    Reelfoot NWR Public Use Brochure

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    Free Canoe Trips!

    Discover all that Reelfoot Lake has to offer by signing up for one of Reelfoot NWR's free canoe floats!

    Find out more about our canoe trips!

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    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!

    Bird Identification

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    Deer Quota Hunt

    Apply for the deer quota hunt during the month of July!

    Deer Quota Hunt

Upcoming Events

Winding Through the Wetlands!

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It's time to schedule your FREE canoe trip with the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge! Join our Refuge Ranger on a guided float trip on one of our three established canoe trails, The Glory Hole Trail, Goose Pen Trail, and West Boat House Trail. See an abundance of wildlife and blooming vegetation. Wind through small trails, float beneath large cypress trees, or just enjoy the freedom of canoeing in open water! Scheduled canoe trips are on the following dates; April 25th, May 23rd, June 27th, July 4th, August 29th, September 26th, and October 17th. Contact the refuge for registration and more details!

Visitor Activities

About the Complex

West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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  • Public Use Regulations Virtual Brochure

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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
  • New Visitor Center on the Horizon


    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
  • Bryozoans


    At first glance, one may mistake this as a ball submerged in the water, or upon closer inspection, possibly some type of jelly fish? Nope! A Bryozoan, or moss animal, is a colony of zooids, each having whorls to delicate feeding tentacles swaying slowly in the water catching food. They are completely harmless other than a bad smell! You will more than likely encounter these on Reelfoot Lake during the hot summer months.

    Learn more about Bryozoans!
  • Do you need a kick in your curriculum?

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    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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015
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