Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    Volunteer with us!

    No matter your talents or abilities, you can help us by volunteering!

    Get Involved

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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!

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    Check out our photo gallery!

    Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for photography!

    Refuge Photo Galleries

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    Monarch Mania

    Monarchs are the only butterflies to make a migration to Mexico. Join us in conserving this unique species!

    Learn more

Refuge Happenings

Refuge Waterfowl Count

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Check here to see the most recent winter waterfowl count....

Waterfowl Surveys

Seasonally Closed for Sanctuary

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From November 15th - March 15th Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is closed for sanctuary to lessen disturbance for wintering waterfowl.

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Mallard Migration Map

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Our thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation for allowing us to share this map that shows where the mallards are in their migration along the Mississippi flyway.

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Wings of Winter

Wings of Winter Birding Festival!

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Join us January 18-20, 2019 for this unique multi-agency birding festival focused around the Kentucky and Barkley Lake area. Includes Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge; Land Between the Lakes; Fort Donelson National Park; Paris Landing State Park; Harmon Creek Wildlife Management Area and more....

Festival Details and Registration

About the Complex

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Cross Creeks 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

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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