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


Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge currently encompasses 1,850 acres and is located in Lake County, Tennessee, about 2 miles south of Reelfoot Lake and five miles southeast of Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 12, 1938, by Executive Order 7953. Subsequent lands were acquired under the authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The refuge was specifically authorized “... as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife ...” , and also “... for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds”.