CLOSED WILDLIFE REFUGE AREAS NOW OPEN

THE SEASONALLY CLOSED ROADS AND BAYS AT THE TENNESSEE CROSS CREEKS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THOSE AREAS HAVE BEEN CLOSED DURING WINTER SEASON TO LESSEN DISTURBANCE TO WINTERING WATERFOWL ON BOTH THESE REFUGES.

THIS IS THE TIME WHEN THE CRAPPIE START BITING AND IT IS A GREAT TIME TO GO FISHING ON THE REFUGE. FISHERMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO PICK UP A FISHING REGULATIONS BROCHURE AVAILABLE AT THE REFUGE HEADQUARTERS AT 3006 DINKINS LANE IN PARIS; AT CROSS CREEKS REFUGE OFFICE AND VISITOR CENTER AT 643 WILDLIFE ROAD IN DOVER, AT INFORMATION KIOSKS LOCATED AT BOTH REFUGE OFFICES; AT THE V.L. CHILDS OBSERVATION DECK; AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE DUCK RIVER BOTTOMS AREA; AND AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE BUSSLETOWN UNIT; OR IN AREA BAIT AND TACKLE STORES. THIS BROCHURE HAS INFORMATION NOT ONLY ABOUT THE USE OF THE REFUGE,, BUT MAPS OF BOTH REFUGES THAT POINT OUT THE LOCATION OF BOAT RAMPS AND WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES.

FOR THOSE THAT ENJOY BIRDING AND OBSERVING WILDLIFE, THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT BOTH REFUGES. AT CROSS CREEKS NWR WILDLIFE CAN BE VIEWED AT THE VISITOR CENTER, JUST OUT THE BACK DOOR ON THEIR OBSERVATION DECK, ALONG THE BIRDING TRAIL OR AT THEIR 1.2 MILE WOODPECKER TRAIL. AT TENNESSEE NWR AN OBSERVATION DECK CALLED PINTAIL POINT OBSERVATION DECK IS ACCESSIBLE AT THE DUCK RIVER UNIT JUST OFF HAUL ROAD IN THE DUCK RIVER BOTTOMS. THE V.L. CHILDS OBSERVATION DECK IS READILY ACCESSIBLE AT THE BRITTON FORD-SULPHUR WELL AREA OF BIG SANDY. THE BENNET’S CREEK OBSERVATION DECK IS ACCESSIBLE WITH SPOTTING SCOPE AT THE BIG SANDY PENINSULA. THE REFUGE HAS TWO HIKING TRAILS FOR EXCELLENT VIEWING. THE 2.5 MILE3 BRITTON FORD HIKING TRAIL NEAR THE ELKHORN COMMUNITY GIVES THE HIKER VIEWS OF KENTUCKY LAKE WHILE HIKING THROUGH A WOODLANDS SETTING. THE 1.1 MILE CHICKASAW NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL IS A GREAT TRAIL TO VIEW A DIVERSITY OF HABITATS, SEE THE RUINS OF AN OLD GRIST MILL AND WALK THROUGH REMAINS OF A HOMESTEAD SITE OF LONG AGO.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REFUGE PROGRAMS, CALL 731-642-2091.

FOR THOSE THAT ENJOY

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