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Wynnburg, TN 38077

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Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge

Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge currently encompasses 1,850 acres and is located in Lake County, Tennessee, about 2 miles south of Reelfoot Lake and five miles southeast of Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 12, 1938, by Executive Order 7953. Subsequent lands were acquired under the authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The refuge was specifically authorized “... as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife ...” , and also “... for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds”.

Educational programs, talks, and tours are available both on and off-site for schools, groups, and professional organizations. Please contact Reelfoot NWR for additional information.

Lake Isom is open to public fishing from March 15-November 15. Boat launching is limited to established boat ramp; bank fishing is permitted, however, due to the swampy nature of the terrain around the lake this opportunity is limited. Boats are limited to electric motors and outboards of 10 hp or less. Panfish are the most highly sought after species; however, due to the shallow nature of the lake, fish kills are common, and fishing success is normally poor.

Limited hunting opportunities for whitetailed deer, raccoon, and squirrel are available on the refuge. Contact the refuge for current regulations and season dates. Waterfowl hunting is prohibitted on the refuge.

Lake Isom is managed from the the Reelfoot office/visitor center, open daily during the winter months from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Monday through Friday during the remainder of the year. Interpretive displays highlight the history and wildlife resources of the Reelfoot Lake area. Interpretive kiosks are located at the major access point on the refuge and provide seasonal interpretive panels, brochures, and regulations. A small auditorium is available for prescheduled programs, talks, and video presentations.

The refuge is open during daylight hours from March 15-November 15 for wildlife observation and photography from sunrise to dark. Mosquitos and cottonmouth moccasins are abundant on the refuge during the warmer months; visitors should be prepared when venturing into the refuge's swampy habitats.