Temporary Closures due to Coronavirus and high waters

Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency

The Tennessee NWR

Visitor Center/Offices are CLOSED until further notice

While outdoor sites remain open at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge during the current coronavirus pandemic, we urge visitors to follow CDC guidelines. Maintain adequate social distancing, avoid overcrowding and exercise good hygiene. If a parking lot is full when you visit, please do not stop. We understand that the outdoors can help relieve stress, but these guidelines must be followed for our public health and safety. For now, the refuge visitor center and other public facilities are closed and most scheduled events have been postponed. For more information please visit our webpage, FWS Coronavirus Response.

All spring events are postponed or cancelled including:

  •   April 4 -   Cleanup event at Duck River Bottoms is cancelled
  • April 11 - Mushroom Program is postponed until fall, date not yet set
  • May 2 -   Jr. Duck Stamp Awards Ceremony is cancelled
  • May 16 - Bioblitz event is rescheduled to Sept. 12th

Due to high waters the following areas of the refuge are temporarily closed:

  •  Duck River Bottoms
  • Busseltown Unit
  • Swayne Point Boat Ramp on the Big Sandy Unit
  • Pace Point Road on the Big Sandy Peninsula