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National Wildlife Refuge

4343 Highway 157
Union City, TN   38261
E-mail: reelfoot@fws.gov
Phone Number: 731-538-2481
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A flock of Mallards explode from one of the refuge's numerous moist soil impoundments. Wintering waterfowl populations may exceed 500,000 on this important migratory stop.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental Education- educational programs, talks, and tours are available both on and off-site for schools, groups, and proffessional organizations. Please contact the refuge for additional information.

Those portions of Reelfoot Lake within the refuge boundary are open to public fishing from March 15-November 15. Boat launching is limited to established boat ramps; bank fishing is permitted; however, due to the swampy nature of the terrain around the lake, this opportunity is limited. Reelfoot Lake is well known for its tremendous fishery resources, with the crappie being the most highly sought after game fish. Bream, Largemouth Bass, and catfish are also abundant.

Limited hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer, raccoon, squirrel, and turkey are available on the refuge. Contact the refuge for current regulations and season dates. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited on the refuge.

Interpretation- The office/visitor center is open daily during the winter months from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and monday through friday during the remainder of the year. Interpretive displays highlight the history and wildlife resources of the Reelfoot Lake area. Interpretive kiosks are located at the major access point on the refuge and provide seasonal interpretive panels, brochures, and regulations. A small auditorium is available for prescheduled programs, talks, and video presentations.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation and Photography- The refuge is open during daylight hours from March 15-November 15 for wildlife observation and photography. Several primitive hiking trails are located on the Grassy Island unit of the refuge and provide access to the unique bottomland habitats on the refuge. Seasonal flooding may make these trails inaccesible during the spring; contact refuge for current conditions. A backyard habitat showcase and trail located at the refuge headquarters,a 2.75 mile auto tour route, and two accessible observation towers are open to the public year round from sunrise to dark. Mosquitos and cottonmouth moccasins are abundant on the refuge during the warmer months; visitors should be prepared when venturing into the refuge's swampy habitats.

Entrance Fees
Not Required

Use Fees
Quota Turkey/Deer Hunts: 12.50 Permit Fee
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