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Cross Creeks
National Wildlife Refuge

643 Wildlife Road
Dover, TN   37058
E-mail: crosscreeks@fws.gov
Phone Number: 931-232-7477
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Mallards and American blacks ducks take flight on Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental education programs are conducted for various school and other organized groups. Arrangements for group tours or programs may be made by calling the refuge office.

Sport fishing is a popular activity especially in South Cross Creek and Elk Reservoirs and the Cumberland River. Crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish are the most sought after species. Boating is allowed year round in Lake Barkley. Boating is allowed during daylight hours from March 16-November 14 in refuge impoundments and reservoirs. The refuge has seven launching ramps on the south side of the river and six on the north side.

Portions of the refuge are open to fall hunting of squirrel, white-tailed deer with bow and arrow. Quota deer hunts require an application. Turkey hunting is also allowed during the spring and fall seasons. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge headquarters for specific information.

Exhibits and audio-visual programs are available at the visitor center. An auditorium suitable for groups of up to 25 is available for prescheduled programs. A outdoor kiosk display near the visitor center holds refuge brochures and area information.

Wildlife Observation
A wildlife drive begins at the visitor center and provides visitors a panoramic view of refuge impoundments and upland forested areas. The drive allows viewing of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, neotropical migrant birds, deer and turkey. The drive is closed November 15 to March 15, but the view from the visitor center overlook can be more spectacular in winter, especially when thousands of ducks and geese are using the pools and agricultural fields.

A one-mile long foot trail is open March 16 through November 14. The trail provides excellent oportunities for viewing spring wildflowers, migrant and resident songbirds, as well as other wildlife. Refuge bird lists and mammal/reptile/amphibian lists are available at the office or visitor center.

The refuge is listed in the Tennessee Wildlife Viewing Guide and is one of several officially designated wildlife observation areas in the state.

Visitor Center and Office - open 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday year round. Refuge drive and trail open March 16 through November 14, dawn to dusk.

Entrance Fees
None Required

Use Fees
Refuge Hunting Permit fee of $12.50.
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