Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Bringing the Refuge to You!

    When a trip to the refuge isn't possible, let us bring a little nature to you! Learn about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, different wildlife species and wildlife careers.

    USFWS Educational Videos

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    Conservation Through the Arts!

    Calling all student artists...try your hand at creating a duck stamp. It's easy, fun and free to participate.

    Learn more about the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp program!

Refuge Update

New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

The New Hunt Program Changes as of August 31, 2020. Tennessee NWR has made changes to the hunt program in the Final 2020-2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process. However, these changes will not be effective on the Tennessee NWR until the fall of 2022.

Learn the Details . . .

2020 Quota Hunt Draw Results

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The deadline for submitting an application for the quota hunts has already passed. Results can be viewed on the link below. You can also check your RecAccess Account. Earlier notification emails had wrong dates on the permits. That has now been corrected.

Click for 2020 Quota Hunt Draw Results

Resident Goose Hunts Begin Soon

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A short resident goose hunt is open this year on the refuge beginning Sept. 1-11,2020

Resident Canada Goose Hunt
New: Tennessee Naturalist Certification Program

Become a Naturalist! Registration Now Open

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The Tennessee NWR and Paris Landing State Park are teaming up to provide a 10 month certification course for the Tennessee Naturalist Program. Saturday classes are held once a month from September, 2020 - June, 2021.

To learn more or register...

About the Complex

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS