Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff in western Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR currently encompasses over 26,500 acres and includes the largest block of bottomland hardwood forest in Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR and adjacent lands are known to be important wintering and stop-over areas for a large portion of the Mississippi Flyway mallard population. Under optimum conditions, peak waterfowl numbers may exceed 250,000 including black ducks, gadwall, pintail, teal, widgeon, wood duck, ring-necked duck, hooded merganser etc.
Chickasaw NWR is open daily from legal sunrise to legal sunset. Refuge visitors have a variety of options for enjoying Chickasaw NWR, including:
- Wildlife observation and photography
- Environmental Education & Interpretation
The Refuge's hunt program includes opportunities to pursue deer, turkey, small game, and migratory birds. Turkey hunts are restricted to quota hunts only. All hunters are required to have in their possession a free Refuge general hunting permit, which also serves as Chickasaw NWR Public Use Regulations brochure. These permits are available at the Refuge headquarters, or can be printed from the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge website.
Chickasaw NWR is open to fishing year-round from legal sunrise to legal sunset. Fishing regulations are located within the Chickasaw NWR Public use Regulations brochure. Fishing areas include the Forked Deer Rivers and four small lakes.
Wildlife Observation and Photography
A viewing tower is located close to Headquarters office that offers great opportunities to view and photograph a variety of wildlife species.
Hikers can explore several trails located on the refuge by obtaining a refuge map found in our Public Use Regulations brochure.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Environmental education and interpretation is one of the primary objectives of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and Chickasaw NWR has a Refuge complex Visitor Services Park Ranger on staff providing opportunities for educational programs on the refuge, in schools, and for community events.
Access to the Refuge is varied and is subject to seasonal weather conditions, river flooding, and Refuge management activities. Check with Refuge headquarters when you are planning your trip.
FeesAccess to the Refuge and facilities are free. Quota hunt permits cost $12.50. See the Refuge website for more information.
Mobilitiy impaired access is provided at the Chickasaw NWR observation tower.
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs are only permitted for hunting small game and migratory birds. All dogs must wear a collar with the owner's name, address, and telephone number.
All other dogs/pets must be kept on a leash while on the Refuge.