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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Site information: One gravel pad is available for volunteers with full hook-up (both 30 and 50 amp), Laundry facility on site, free of charge. Free propane. RV hookup sites are located ~15 minutes from the visitorcenter. Vehicle will be provided for travel on work days. RV Sites are located within the shop compound. 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. Cell phone service is patchy throughout the refuge, but there are several spots on the refuge where you can get service. Cell service at the Visitor Center is great.

Location: Hatchie NWR is located in Haywood County in west Tennessee. The refuge is 10 miles from Brownsville, TN, which has several restaurants, a Wal-Mart, and a variety of shops. The town of Jackson, TN is only 30 miles away and offers a variety of restaurants, shopping centers, entertainment, and much more!

Refuge information: Hatchie Refuge is located along 23 miles of the Hatchie River in Haywood County in west Tennessee . The refuge encompasses the middle reaches of the Hatchie River and consists of bottomland hardwoods, moist soil units, agricultural fields, and associated uplands. The large forested tracts, open lands, and aquatic features found on the refuge provide an important ecological niche for fish, wildlife, and plant species within the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem. The topography of bottomlands is characteristically flat, but slight variations in elevation are associated with considerable differences in soils, drainage conditions, and forest species composition (Barrett 1980).

Refuge lands provide a variety of habitat types for a diversity of wildlife species. Habitats found on Hatchie Refuge consist of approximately 9,764 acres of bottomland hardwood forests, 382 acres of upland forests, 929 acres of agriculture/moist soils, 316 acres of swamps, sloughs, and streams, 46 acres of grassland, 296 acres of open water, and 110 acres of scrub/shrub habitat. The total current deeded acreage for Hatchie Refuge is 11,556 acres.

A variety of wildlife may be seen at Hatchie NWR, such as; blue herons, great egrets, eagles, variety of hawks and owls, a variety of neotropical songbirds, beavers, mink, muskrats, white-tailed deer, turkey, etc.

Start Date - 2022-11-15

End Date - 2023-05-15

Activities include: Campground Maintenance;Construction/Maintenance;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;Other;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

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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6772 Highway 76 SouthStanton, TN 38069



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