Lower Hatchie Refuge is located at the confluence of the Hatchie and Mississippi Rivers in Lauderdale and Tipton Counties in west Tennessee. The refuge encompasses the lower reaches of the Hatchie River.
Turkey Feathers
Turkey Quota Hunt Application Procedure

January is the month to apply for the Lower Hatchie NWR Turkey Quota Hunt!  Learn more about application procedures and hunt dates.

View the hunt brochure here!  2022-2023 Lower Hatchie NWR Public Use Regulations Brochure 

Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. You may enjoy watching waterfowl from the viewing tower that overlooks flooded agricultural fields in the winter, or just driving through the quiet roads which lead to the Mississippi River during the summer.  If you have a kayak or canoe, you can glide over the still waters of Champion Lake or Sunk Lake.  In today’s hustle and bustle world, experiencing quietness and simply enjoying nature goes a long way.   

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      The Lower Hatchie NWR was established in 1980 as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.  Lower Hatchie Refuge is located at the confluence of the Hatchie and Mississippi Rivers in Lauderdale and Tipton Counties in west Tennessee. The refuge encompasses the lower reaches of the Hatchie River and consists of bottomland hardwoods, moist-soil units, agricultural fields, and associated uplands. The large forested tracts, open lands, and aquatic features found on the refuge provide an important ecological niche for fish, wildlife, and plant species. 

      What We Do

      Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge practices several different types of management techniques to provide optimum habitat for wintering waterfowl.

        

      Our Species

      Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge provides a variety of habitat types for a diversity of wildlife species

      Our Library

      Our virtual library is a collection of refuge documents, brochures, and quota hunt applications. A one-stop-shop for all your reading needs!

      Lower Hatchie NWR Waterfowl Quota Hunt

      Lower Hatchie NWR Waterfowl Quota Hunt

      A Quota Permit is required to hunt waterfowl on Champion Lake and Little Champion Lake during the waterfowl season on the refuge.  Permits will be limited to 8 per weekend on Champion Lake and 4 per...

      Lower Hatchie Turkey Quota Hunt

      Seasons: 

       First Hunt: (Youth Hunt):  April 8-9, 2023   Second Hunt:  April 20-23, 2023   Third Hunt:  April 27-30, 2023   Fourth Hunt:  May 4-7, 2023 

       

      Bag Limit: 1 bearded turkey, counts...