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Site information: Four concrete pads are available for volunteers with full hook-up (both 30 and 50 amp), concrete pads are 32 ft. in length, two which are covered, with 4 foot of gravel behind, and more than enough gravel in front if you have a larger camper. Laundry facility on site, free of charge. Free propane hook-up. RV hookup sites are located within sight/walking distance of visitorcenter. Sites are nestled next to 2 ponds. Pets are allowed, but must be kept on a leash while outside. Pets may not be brought into the visitor center, or ride in government vehicles.Free wifi and volunteer RV site, and public wifi at Visitor Center. Cell phone service is patchy throughout the refuge, but there are several spots on the refuge where you can get service.

Location: Reelfoot NWR is located in Obion County in northwest Tennessee, just a few miles from the TN/KY state line. The refuge is 15-20 minutes from Union City, TN, which has several restaurants, a Wal-Mart, a variety of shops, and the Discovery Park of America, etc. The town of Tiptonville, TN is 10 minutes away and offers a variety of restaurants, gift shops, the local Reelfoot Lake State Park museum, and more. Memphis, TN is approx. 2 hours away.

Refuge information: Due to the proximity to the Mississippi River and being located in its former floodplain, the refuge serves as a major stopover point and wintering area for waterfowl of the Mississippi Flyway. Reelfoot, as well as the other refuges within the West TN NWR Complex (Chickasaw, Lower Hatchie, Hatchie and Lake Isom NWR’s) work together to achieve a common goal: to provide high quality habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. The primary purpose of Reelfoot NWR is to provide habitat for migratory birds with a specific emphasis on providing food and sanctuary. Reelfoot NWR encompasses 10,428 acres, and is broken into two refuge units; Grassy Island and Long Point.

Reelfoot Lake: The refuge is located on the northern portion of Reelfoot Lake. Reelfoot Lake is a unique, majestic, and gorgeous place. Formed by earthquakes in 1811-1812, the 15,000 acre lake is a haven for duck hunters and fisherman, as well as kayakers, photographers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Old growth bald cypress trees stand beautifully out of the waters of the lake. Once a cypress swamp before the earthquakes hit, thousands of stumps hide just underneath the water, making Reelfoot Lake one of the best natural fish hatcheries in Tennessee. The average depth of Reelfoot Lake is 5 foot, with the deepest portion being approx. 20 foot. The infamous bald eagle calls Reelfoot Lake home. Over 40 bald eagle nests have been documented within the Reelfoot Lake area. Eagles are seen regularly throughout the year, but numbers increase during the winter as migratory eagles come to visit. The refuge offers eagle tours during January and February, where, on average, 40+ eagles can be expected to be seen on a 2 hour tour.

A variety of wildlife may be seen at Reelfoot Lake, such as; blue herons, great egrets, ospreys, eagles, variety of hawks and owls, a variety of neotropical songbirds, beavers, mink, muskrats, white-tailed deer, turkey, etc. Reelfoot Lake is an exceptional place to take photographs of wildlife, plants and sunrises/sunsets.

Start Date - 2022-03-15

End Date - 2022-09-15

Activities include: Conservation Education;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;Other;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Not Difficult

Hosts Housing Amenities: RV/Trailer Pads

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About U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS Visitor Services, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041, US

Mission Statement

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public.

The agency includes both the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Fish Hatchery System.

The Service's origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease in the nation’s food fishes and recommend ways to reverse that decline. (More on our history below.) Today, we are a diverse and largely decentralized organization, employing about 8,000 dedicated professionals working out of facilities across the country.

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Union City, TN 38261



  • Environmental Education
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  • Water Recreation





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