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    New Visitor Center

    Come visit your new Reelfoot NWR Visitor Center! Explore, discover, and learn about Reelfoot NWR!

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    Refuge Gallery

    Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect place for photography. Check out our pictures!

    Photo Galleries

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    What was that?

    Don't know what kind of bird you saw? Reelfoot NWR has a variety of species. Check out this site to help you identify the species!

    Bird Identification

Upcoming Events

Winding Through the Wetlands!

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It's time to schedule your FREE canoe trip with the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge! Join our Refuge Ranger on a guided float trip on one of our three established canoe trails, The Glory Hole Trail, Goose Pen Trail, and West Boat House Trail. See an abundance of wildlife and blooming vegetation. Wind through small trails, float beneath large cypress trees, or just enjoy the freedom of canoeing in open water! Our next canoe trip is planned for June 17th! Registration is required. Meet at the visitor center near Walnut Log at 7:15 a.m. Bring binoculars, camera, sunscreen, hat, and a snack! Contact the refuge for registration and more details!

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About the Complex

West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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The Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is one of 5 separate refuges within the West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The other refuges are Chickasaw, Lower Hatchie, Hatchie, and Lake Isom.

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

Learn 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.

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  • 26th Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo

    Fishing Rodeo promo_100X150June 10, 2017

    Celebrate National Fishing and Boating week by participating in Reelfoot NWR's Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo on June 10th, 2017 from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Come join the fun and fish in our refuge ponds which will be stocked with catfish before the event! Every child receives a goody bag, chooses a prize from our prize table, and could win more prizes for biggest fish (in each age category). A tasty lunch of hot-dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, and drinks are served to all. Coupons from local restaurants are handed out throughout the day. Bait is available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Please bring ONLY LIVE bait to this event. You must bring your own pole. Live snakes and birds are brought from the local Reelfoot Lake State Park! and a 200 gal. Don't miss out on the fun! Call 731-538-2481 for directions, or to obtain more information!

  • Public Use Regulations Virtual Brochure

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    Many people need our Public Use Regulations brochure, whether you are needing information on applying for quota hunts or just needing info on general rules and regulations. We've made it easy for you to obtain one of these brochures. Just click and print!

    Public Use Brochure
  • Volunteers Needed

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    The Reelfoot NWR is needing resident volunteers for the summer of 2017 and beyond to assist in staffing the new visitor center, assisting in environmental education programs, maintenance and grounds-keeping. If you are interested, please check out the volunteer page below!

    Get Involved
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 22, 2017
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