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Tennessee
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Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
REELFOOT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
REELFOOT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
4343 Highway 157
Union City, Tennessee   38261

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Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Nuthatch'
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'Bluebird'
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'Spikes at Blue Bank'
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'Icy Reflections'
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'Ducks in Flight'

Ducks feeding at the Refuge

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Enjoying the view'

One of several pairs on the lake

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'Landing'

Lining the nest, and getting ready to lay eggs.

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'Overhead'

Another pair overlooking the lake

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'Geese'

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Eagle Eye'

Looking in the distance

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Lift Off'

Eagle in flight to get something for the nest

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'In Flight'

Off the nest after something

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'Its mine'

Always see several eagles aroung the lake

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Up and Away'

1000s of ducks and geese around the lake

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'By the 100s'

Its a beautiful site to see

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Early morning'

A beautifu Cardnial at sunrise

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Low water'

The White Pelguns even pass through around Nov.

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Woodduck'

Just look at all the colors

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Looking Back'

A small Doe check out the noise

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Cypree Trees'

Beautiful trees around the lake

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'Yellow Rumped Warbler'
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Yellow Rumped Warbler at Grassy Island.

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'Fighting Eagles'
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Taken while on the free Reelfoot NWR tour.

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Barred Owl'
© 2013 Lisa Stinnett

Beautiful Barred Owl hanging out in the Reelfoot NWR.

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Nesting Eagles'
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Taken while on the free Reelfoot NWR tour.

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
'Yellow-rumped Warbler'
© 2013 Lisa Stinnett

Yellow-rumped warbler checking out the icy waters at Grassy Island.

During the winter of 1811-12, a series of some 1,874 recorded tremors within the New Madrid fault dramatically altered the landscape on some 30-50,000 square miles of land ceating Reelfoot Lake in extreme northwest Tennessee.

Reelfoot NWR was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of the lake under a 75-year lease agreement with the State of Tennessee. Additional lands acquired in Southwestern KY extended the refuge to its current 10,428 acres. Due to the refuge's proximity to the Mississippi River, it has always been a major stopover point and wintering area for waterfowl of the Mississippi Flyway.

In recent years, mallard populations peak at nearly 400,000 birds in midwinter, with Canada goose populations occasionally reaching 100,000 birds by mid January. These often spectacular concentrations are enhanced with a variety of other waterfowl species, as well up to 200 wintering bald eagles, (one of the largest concentrations in the eastern United States). Some 239 species of birds have been documented on the refuge, along with 52 species of mammals, and 75 species of reptiles and amphibians.

Designated as an Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy, the refuge continues to play a significant role in providing for the needs of a significant portion of the birds migrating along the Mississippi river corridor.


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Hamilton's Resort
4992 Hamilton Rd
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Southshore Resort
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Blue Bank Marina
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White's Landing
1605 State Route 21 E
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(731) 253-3100


Sonny's Boys Resort
3060 State Route 21 E
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(731) 253-0055


Sportsman Resort
100 Sportsmans Resort LN
Tiptonville, TN
(731) 253-6581


Blue Basin Cove Bed & Breakfast
100 Blue Basin Rd
Tiptonville, TN
(731) 253-9064


Gray's Camp
40 Grays Camp Ln
Tiptonville, TN
(731) 253-7813


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Willowbrook Cabin Rental - Golconda, ILCottages and Cabins
LARGE 2 and 3 bedroom private CABINS located near many of the major ATTRACTIONS of the Shawnee National FOREST and the surrounding Southern ILLINOIS area. All cabins offer incredible VALUE as they are fully furnished with everything needed including full kitchens with cookware, microwave, liens, fire pits and wood, outdoor grill, satellite TV and even FREE internet. Open all seasons
Web Site: WillowBrookCabins.com
79.3 miles from park*
The Davie School Inn - Anna, ILBBs / Inns
Restored and remodeled to created an Inn with all the modern conveniences yet still leave the atmosphere of the old school house. Convenient accessibility to many Southern Illinois tourism attractions.
Web Site: davieschoolinn.com
70.4 miles from park*
The Irish Inn - Ozark, ILBBs / Inns
Offering a wee bit of Europe in Southern Illinois' wine country. We are located right in the Shawnee National Forest. Stay in a stone and log chalet, cool in summer with blazing log fires in winter. You will enjoy the company of a genuine Belfast-born innkeeper and a full traditional Irish breakfast. There is no extra charge for the blarney, storytelling, and good Irish luck
Web Site: irishinn.tripod.com
75.9 miles from park*
Cedar Sunset Cabin - Buncombe, ILCottages and Cabins
Top notch accommodations on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest.
Web Site: cedarsunsetcabin.com
75.5 miles from park*
Doc's Lakeside Cabin - Jonesboro, ILCottages and Cabins
Doc's Lakeside Cabin was built in 2012 and is located in beautiful Southern Illinois. Let us welcome you to setting where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Web Site: docslakesidecabin.com
70.2 miles from park*
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The Refuge Headquarters is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Union City, Tennessee. From Union City take Highway 22 north approximately 15 miles, turn right on Highway 157; refuge headquarters is located exactly 1 mile on left.

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Tennessee
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Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
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