Law Enforcement

Refuge property is marked on the outside boundary with yellow paint hash marks and blue goose boundary signs. The Refuge boundary signs delineate refuge property BEHIND the sign. Trespassing on posted or unmarked private property is a violation of Tennessee state law.

  • Firearms are permitted in accordance with state law. 
  • Searching for and removal of objects of antiquity is prohibited.
  • Disturbing or feeding wildlife, and collecting plants is strictly prohibited.
  • Pets on a leash are permitted. Dogs under verbal control are allowed during refuge hunts.
  • Camping and open fires are prohibited.
  • ATVs are not allowed
  • Bicycling and horseback riding is permitted on established roads during normal public use hours.
  • The use of artificial lights (including vehicle lights) to observe wildlife is prohibited.
  • Boats must be removed from the refuge after each day’s use.

To limit disturbance on waterfowl, portions of the refuge are closed seasonally: 

Open Year-round Closed November 15 - March 15 

Big Sandy Unit

     V.L. Childs Observation Deck

     Big Sandy Peninsula

     Bennett's Creek Observation Deck

     Chickasaw National Recreation Trail National Recreation Trail
A National Recreation Trail is a land-based or water-based trail that provides an outdoor recreation opportunity on federal, state, tribal or local public land. National Recreation Trails were established by the National Trails System Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-543), which authorized creation of a national trails system composed of National Recreation Trails, National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails. Whereas National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails may be designated only by an act of Congress, National Recreation Trails may be designated by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to recognize exemplary trails of local and regional significance.

Learn more about National Recreation Trail

     Mt. Zion Church

     Pace Point

Big Sandy Unit

    Swamp Creek

    Sulphur Well Bay

    Bennett's Creek Bay

Duck River Unit

    Pintail Point Observation Blind

    Duck River Bottoms Overlook

    Refuge Lane through Duck River Bottoms

Duck River Unit

    Tie Yards

    All interior impoundments