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    New Visitor Center

    Reelfoot NWR is constructing a new visitor center! Click below for a viewing of what's to come!

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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! Scheduled canoe trips are on the following dates; April 16th, May 21st, June 25th, August 27th, September 24th, and October 15th. Contact the refuge for registration and more details!

Visitor Activities

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.

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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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  • Running Slough Road Closed

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    Running Slough Road will be closed through September 15th due to construction. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Reelfoot NWR Refuge Manager.

  • 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
  • Do you need a kick in your curriculum?

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    Attention teachers in Obion, Lake, Dyer, Tipton, Haywood and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee! If you would like some exciting environmental education programs that supplement your curriculum, contact Refuge Ranger Tara Dowdy for some exciting programs that are available to you for free!

    List of environmental education programs
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2016
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