The first National Wildlife Refuge in 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”.
Other Facilities in this Complex
Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex. There are four other refuges included in the Complex.