New Visitor Center
Reelfoot NWR is constructing a new visitor center! Click below for a viewing of what's to come!
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect place for photography. Check out our pictures!
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!
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
Contact the refuge for registration and more details! Visitor Activities
About the Complex
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
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
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
Join refuge staff on July 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 10am-2pm each day at the Reelfoot NWR Visitor Center to explore the refuge and learn about wildlife ID, dissect owl pellets, catch macro-invertebrates, canoe on Reelfoot Lake, hike, shoot bows and arrows and BB guns, learn about hunter safety, and much more!
Call 731-538-2481 to sign up your 9-12 year old child, and obtain additional information.
The Reelfoot NWR is needing resident volunteers for the summer of 2016 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
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
As far as looks go, there is none more stunning than the wood duck. A lovely mixture of colors and patterns decorate the plumage of this species of waterfowl. Although their looks are flamboyant, their nature is not. Wood ducks are shy, elusive creatures that often frequent wooded areas. Unlike most other waterfowl, they will perch and nest in trees.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2016