Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Wings of WInter Birding Festival!

    Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley abound with unique birding opportunities. A new festival gets you closer!

    To learn more or register...

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    Worth a Thousand Words!

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

    Click Here...

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    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!

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    Volunteer with us!

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

    Get Involved

Refuge Update

Refuge Waterfowl Count

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Check here to see what the most recent winter waterfowl count....

Waterfowl Surveys

Sanctuary Areas Now Closed

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The sanctuary areas of the refuge have been seasonally closed and will remain closed through March 16th. 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

Mallard Migration Map

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Our thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation for allowing us to share this map that shows where the mallards are in their migration along the Mississippi flyway.

mallard migration map

Field Trip Opportunities Abound on the Refuge!

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School is back in session and the refuge is the perfect place for your students to learn about the outdoor world. Field trips here are free and easy to arrange for all age groups. All our programs are correlated to state and CORE standards.

See our Educators page for field trip information!
Wings of Winter Birding Festival

Wings of Winter Birding Festival!

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Join us January 18-20, 2019 for this unique multi-agency birding festival focused 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