Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks taking off from the Duck River Unit of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, 550 Refuge Lane, New Johnsonville, TN 37134

(731) 642-2091

The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is a vital resource for migratory birds and waterfowl. Many years ago, there were many ponds and gathering places along the Mississippi flyway and the Tennessee river that have now been developed or drained. The confluence of the Duck River and the Tennessee River has always been a rich bottom land that flooded and attracted many birds. The refuge enhances these features with controlled ponds and leased farm plots. Consequently, it provides breeding, wintering and migration habitat for 301 bird species and habitat for 51 mammals, 89 reptiles and amphibians and 144 species of fish. To ensure that birds are not over hunted or disturbed and that they have ample breeding opportunities, the Refuge closes each winter. White-tailed deer can be found throughout the area, along with smaller animals typical of Tennessee River Valley like raccoon, foxes, squirrels, beaver, and rabbits.

This Place Features

  • Public Lake Access
  • Outdoor and Adventure Activities
  • Music, History, a Museum, or Civil War History
  • Particularly Family Friendly

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