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Description - The Reelfoot Refuge habitat was created by a series of violent earthquakes from December 1811 to February 1812. There are large concentrations of ducks, geese, raptors, wading birds, and shorebirds. Reelfoot Lake area has the largest concentration of wintering bald eagles in the continental United States.

Several rookeries are present, along with bald eagle and osprey nests.

Attractions - Limited facilities at this reserve make it a perfect place to observe wildlife. On site are several rookeries, along with bald eagle and osprey nests. Visitors will also find wildlife observation towers, walking trails and gravel roads.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at this site include walking, viewing wildlife, scenic driving, photography and hunting and fishing in season.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. Cooling fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change.

Location - The refuge headquarters is located 15 miles southwest of Union City, Tennessee, on Tennessee State Highway 157 near the Walnut Log Community.

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Contact Information:
Reelfoot NWR, 4343 Highway 157 , Union City, TN, 38261, Phone: 901-538-2481
, r4rw_tn.rlf@fws.gov

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, 4343 Highwat 157 , Union City, TN, 38261, Phone: 901-538-2481, Fax: 901-286-0468
, r4rw_tn.rlf@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges - There are seven National Wildlife Refuges in Tennessee, that offer opportunities for wildlife observation, auto touring, photography, hunting fishing and hiking.
West Tennessee Region - The West Tennessee Travel Region is one of three travel regions in Tennessee. This region includes the western 1/3 of the state and over 20 state parks, wildlife refuges, archaeological sites and historical sites.

Reelfoot NWR - Official agency website


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