About the Refuge

Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


--U.S.F.W.S. Mission Statement

There are over 560 national wildlife refuges encompassing more than 150 million acres of lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The refuges are important components for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, and plant resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge is administered under the National Wildlife Refuge System and thus are part of a larger national landscape conservation plan set forth by the Service.  

The purpose for which the Hatchie Refuge was established is “... for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.” 16 U.S.C. 715d (Migratory Bird Conservation Act).

Hatchie Refuge is located along 23 miles of the Hatchie River in Haywood County in west Tennessee. The refuge encompasses the middle reaches of the Hatchie River and consists of bottomland hardwoods, moist soil units, agricultural fields, and associated uplands. The large forested tracts, open lands, and aquatic features found on the refuge provide an important ecological niche for fish, wildlife, and plant species within the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem. The topography of bottomlands is characteristically flat, but slight variations in elevation are associated with considerable differences in soils, drainage conditions, and forest species composition (Barrett 1980). 

Refuge lands provide a variety of habitat types for a diversity of wildlife species. Habitats found on Hatchie Refuge consist of approximately 9,764 acres of bottomland hardwood forests, 382 acres of upland forests, 929 acres of agriculture/moist soils, 316 acres of swamps, sloughs, and streams, 46 acres of grassland, 296 acres of open water, and 110 acres of scrub/shrub habitat. The total current deeded acreage for Hatchie Refuge is 11,556 acres.