Recreational opportunities on Hatchie NWR include:
- Wildlife Observation & Photography
- Environmental Education & Interpretation
Hunting is permitted for big game, small game, and migratory birds, within established seasons. Designated areas are closed from November 15 - March 15 to provide a sanctuary for migrating waterfowl. A Refuge hunt permit is required and is available at the Refuge office or can be found on the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge website.
Fishing is permitted from legal sunrise to legal sunset. Designated areas are closed from November 15 - March 15 to provide a sanctuary for migrating waterfowl.
Boats less than 18 feet long are allowed on Refuge lakes. Any boat motor must be electric, as gas or diesel motors are prohibited.
Wildlife Observation & Photography.
The Oneal Lake Wildlife Drive, located near Refuge headquarters, extends over two miles along the shoreline of Oneal Lake. Visitors can expect to see migratory waterfowl, bald eagles, shorebirds, wading birds, as well as resident wildlife. An interpretive kiosk and observation tower provide information and a spectacular view.
A drive down more than 30 miles of refuge roads provides an excellent opportunity for viewing migratory songbirds as well as resident wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, and field guides to fully enjoy the Refuge's wildlife.
Bird watchers can use the wildlife drives and observation areas described in the above section to see waterfowl, neo-tropical migrants, shorebirds, wading birds, and more at Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge.
Environmental Education & Interpretation
Environmental education and interpretation is one of the primary objectives of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and Hatchie 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.
Hatchie NWRs visitor center is located at the headquarters on Oneal Lake and includes interpretational exhibits and educational exhibits.
Hatchie NWR is open to the public year round from legal sunrise to legal sunset with the exception of legal hunting activities.
Please be aware that waterfowl sanctuaries are closed seasonally (November 15 - March 15) for migratory waterfowl. Other areas may be closed for special management or safety reasons. Roads may be closed at any time due to adverse weather conditions (flooding) or management needs.
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs are permitted for small game and migratory bird hunting. All hunting dogs are required to wear a collar displaying the owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
All other dogs/pets must be kept on leash while on the Refuge.