Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.


  • 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

Comment Period Open for Proposed Change to Refuge Hunt Program

Tennessee NWR is proposing to update the refuge's hunting program. We are soliciting public comments through April 23, 2020. If you would like to comment, you can email, or mail them to Tennessee NWR, 1371 Wildlife Drive, Springville, TN 38256 See the link for a copy of the draft hunt plan.

Draft Refuge Hunt Plan 2020

Sanctuary Areas Opening March 16th

Black Duck 150x100

Each season the refuge closes down certain sensitive areas of the refuge beginning Nov. 15th as a place the waterfowl and other migratory birds can go to be undisturbed for the winter. These sanctuary areas will reopen on March 16th.

Explore the refuge with your students!

Hands on learning at the refuge visitor center

The refuge has some great opportunities to assist teachers and youth leaders with environmental education, and we'd love to help.

Visit our For Educators page to learn more!
Teacher Conservation Workshops

Teacher Conservation Workshops

Kids at Lakeshore 149 x 84

Sign up now for our summer workshops focusing on Project Learning Tree curriculum. Choose from three different days July 21-23, 2020... or come to all! three! Lunch is provided.

July 21, 22, 23rd Training Details here!

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