Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, Union City

#86 of 105 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is a part of the U.S. system of National Wildlife Refuges consisting of an area of Northwest Tennessee and Western Kentucky that consists primarily of a buffer zone around Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee's only large natural lake, which formed after the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812 and is one of the Mississippi River Basin's richest locations for waterfowl, aquatic life, and other wildlife.
It covers 10,428 acres (4,220 ha) and comprises primarily lands adjacent to the lake that have not been included in the Tennessee State Park system. The refuge was established in 1941 and has been expanded on several occasions. Some of it consists of agricultural land that is leased to farmers, but they are required to use stricter conservation practices than were widespread when the same land was held in private ownership, primarily to lessen the siltation of the lake and surrounding bodies of water.
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  • We spent a couple of hours here and took the boat tour. It was very pleasant and interesting. The people were very nice and friendly.  more »
  • My family visited the Reelfoot Lake area on a trip to see the Discovery Park of America. We rented an Air BnB across from the lake. As a history buff, I wanted to know all about the lake which was for...  more »
  • Beautiful and unique! It's definitely something you can't see anywhere else in Tennessee.
  • Beautiful! Peaceful! A MUST VISIT place for everyone! Although it was early in the year, there was still a lot to see . The walking was really enjoyable and the sunshine and beautiful surroundings were fantastic. The most interesting part for me was the history! earthquake caused all this. Out of destruction comes beauty! Visit and I am sure you will return!

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