• Tree 155x116

    Worth a Thousand Words!

    Visit our Photo Gallery for some exciting shots from the refuge.

    Click Here...

  • Jr. Duck Stamp 150 x 113

    Conservation Through the Arts!

    Calling all student artists...try your hand at creating a duck stamp. It's easy, fun and free to participate.

    Learn more about the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp program!

  • Raccoon 147 x 116

    Volunteer with us!

    No matter your talents or abilities, you can help us by volunteering!

    Get Involved

Refuge Update

See the latest Waterfowl Count!

Canada Goose 150 x 119

This time of the year the refuge is well known as a great place to view wintering waterfowl. Click to see the latest winter waterfowl count for the refuge!

Click for the latest winter waterfowl count!

Sanctuary Areas to Closed Nov. 15th - Mar. 15th

Pintail 150x130

The waterfowl have started to arrive! The sanctuary areas of the refuge seasonally close Nov. 15th and will remain closed through March 15th. This includes Britton Ford Bay, Swamp Creek Bay, Bennett's Creek Bay, Duck River Bottoms, the Nix Landing/Tie Yard Areas and the Busseltown Unit. See hashed areas on map link below.

See map of Seasonally Closed Areas

Waterfowl in the Southeast Region

Blue Winged Teal 150 x 118

As the tempertures decrease, we are seeing more and more waterfowl on the refuge. None are more excited than the Waterfowl Working Group comprised of National Wildlife Refuge System staff, Migratory Bird program staff, university faculty, and conservation partners. See what's happening in the world of waterfowl management planning.

Waterfowl in the Southeast Region
Wings of Winter BIrding Festival

Wings of Winter Birding Festival!

Wings of Winter Birders

Registration is now closed for our Annual Wings of Winter, happening on January 24-26, 2020. This unique multi-agency birding festival focuses around the Kentucky and Barkley Lake area. Includes Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge; Land Between the Lakes; Fort Donelson National Park; Paris Landing State Park; Harmon Creek Wildlife Management Area and more....

Festival Details and Registration

About the Complex

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

Read 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.

Learn more about the NWRS