Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

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Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

Tennessee

(731) 772-0501

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Overview

Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) includes 11,556 acres along the Scenic Hatchie River and is located about three miles south of Brownsville, Tennessee. The refuge was established in 1964, primarily to provide habitat (food, water and shelter) for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 200 species of birds, 50 species of mammals and an amazing assortment of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates can be found in the varied habitats of Hatchie NWR. The bottomland forests and meandering sloughs provide breeding habitat for numerous wood ducks and hooded mergansers. Mallards, black ducks and other migratory waterfowl that brighten the gray winter skies, also are attracted to the refuge's extensive feeding areas and resting areas.

Map of Hatchie NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 35.498681, -89.261047

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Activities

  • Boating

    Contact park regarding boating oppurtunities.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The public is allowed on the refuge only during daylight hours, from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. Only legally licensed vehicles are allowed on the refuge. All vehicles are required to stay on established roads.

  • Fishing

    Sport fishing is allowed on all refuge waters year-round, except for Oneal Lake and a few other waters noted on the leaflet map. Make sure to obtain a copy of the refuge hunting and fishing leaflet for additional information and for the appropriate permit.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted for big game, small game and migratory birds within established seasons.

Seasonality/Weather

The public is allowed on the refuge only during daylight hours, from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. Certain areas are closed to all public access from November 15 through March 15 to provide sanctuary to waterfowl.

Directions

Driving

Hatchie NWR office is located at Oneal Lake on Hwy 76 immediately south of I-40's Exit 52. From Memphis, TN take I-40 east about one hour to Exit 52. Exit left or north onto Hwy 76, than go 1.5 miles to the Refuge Office on the right. From Nashville, TN take I-40 west to Exit 56. Exit left or south onto Hwy 76, go 3 miles to the Refuge Office on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(731) 772-0501

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