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Children Playing in a Lake


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
— Rachel Carson




  • Hunting

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. State and area specific regulations apply. To find out more see our hunting brochure. 

  • Fishing

    With 144 species of fish, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is considered a hotspot for fish species diversity and can boast a greater fish species diversity than any other inland national wildlife refuge in the country. In early spring, Kentucky Lake is known for some of the best crappie fishing in the nation. Later in the season, bass and catfish delight anglers throughout the lake. For fishing regulations click here.


    Find more information on fishing on a national wildlife refuge visit our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge! Wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors and with hiking trails, observation decks, and photography blinds, there is always some thing to see.

    Find a place to view wildlife.

  • Interpretation

    Our interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs, the refuge uses a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors.  

  • Environmental Education

    At Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge one of our most important roles is to teach about wildlife and natural resources.

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, and habitats of Tennessee?  Visit our For Educators page to learn more. Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!

  • Photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors. 

    Locate good places for wildlife photography.

  • Hiking

    Taking a walk in the woods can be a great way to experience Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge! 

    Learn more about our trails.

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015
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