National Wildlife Refuge
|4343 Highway 157
Union City, TN 38261
Phone Number: 731-538-2481
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|A resident pair of Bald Eagles have successfully nested on the shore of Lake Isom since 1988. The abundant fish populations, and numerous wintering waterfowl make the refuge a|
Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge was established as an inviolate sanctuary for wintering waterfowl in 1938 by presidential proclamation. Lake Isom is the oldest refuge in Tennessee and encompasses some 1,850 acres of migratory bird habitat surrounding Lake Isom. The proximity of Lake Isom to the Mississippi river has always made the area a major stopover and wintering ground for migratory waterfowl.
Getting There . . .
Refuge Headquarters are located approximately 15 miles southwest of Union City Tennessee. From union City take highway 22 north apprximately 15 miles, turn right on highway 157, refuge headquarters is located exactly 1 mile on left. Lake Isom is located approximately 3 miles south of Reelfoot Lake.
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Water level Management on the 600 acre Lake Isom is conducted to benefit wintering waterfowl and other birds. Seasonal drawdowns promote the establishment of aquatic vegetation which provides an excellent food source for wetland dependant migrants. Approximately 400 acres of refuge lands are managed under cooperative farming agreements, providing winter food for the refuge's resident wildlife species as well as wintering waterfowl.
Some 150 acres of moist soil units are managed to provide habitat for a variety of neotropical migrants, as well as migrating shorebirds and wintering waterfowl.
More than 600 acres of forested habitats, including cypress swamps and bottomland hardwoods are managed through timber stand improvements, reforestation, and water level management to benefit wildlife.
Aerial surveys are conducted during the winter months to monitor waterfowl and eagle populations as well as nesting activities of Bald Eagles.
Artificial nesting structures are maintained on the refuge for both eastern bluebirds and wood ducks. These structures are monitored annually and provide nesting and roost sites for a variety of wildlife species.