U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Facts ■ Refuge located in close proximity to
■ Established: 1962. the National Recreational Area —
U.S. Forest Service Land Between
■ Acres: 8,862 (fee title). the Lakes, Fort Donelson National
Battleﬁeld (NPS), Fort Campbell
Located in Stewart County, TN.
Military Reservation (DOD),
■ Location: the refuge is located 2 Stewart State Forest, and Barkley
miles east of Dover, Tennessee. Wildlife Management Area.
Travel west on Highway 79 from
Clarksville to Dover, turn left on
■ Provide habitat for migratory
Highway 49, go 2.5 miles then left
birds, especially waterfowl.
on Wildlife Road for 1 mile.
■ Provide habitat and protection
for endangered and threatened
■ Refuge occupies 12.5 river miles of
species—bald eagles, gray bats,
the middle transition portion of the
Indiana bats, least terns, and
Cumberland River (Lake Barkley
Reservoir) between Cheatham
Dam (TN) and Barkley Dam (KY). ■ Provide wildlife-oriented recreation
for the public.
■ Refuge established as mitigation
for the U.S. Army Corps of ■ Provide environmental education
Engineers Barkley Project. for students, faculty and private
■ Concentrations of geese, ducks,
raptors, shorebirds, wading birds, Management Tools
and neo-tropical migratory birds. ■ Water management for waterfowl,
wading birds, shorebirds, 16
■ Nesting bald eagles.
waterfowl impoundments, and two
■ Open water ....................3,000 acres. reservoirs.
Wetlands ........................2,000 acres. ■ Cooperative farming.
Woodlands ....................2,000 acres. ■ Force account farming.
Croplands ......................1,200 acres. ■ Mechanical/chemical control of
Richard E. Hines, Refuge Manager noxious plants.
Cross Creeks NWR Grasslands........................100 acres.
643 Wildlife Road ■ Deer management—public hunting
Dover, TN 37058 Buildings, roads, etc. ......120 acres. program.
Phone: 931/232 7477 250 species of birds. ■ Fisheries management—
Fax: 931/232 5958
sportﬁshing and research.
E-mail: FW4RWCrossCreeks@fws.gov 250 species of mammals, ﬁsh,
reptiles, and amphibians. ■ Education/interpretation.
650 species of plants. ■ Law enforcement.
Financial Impact of Refuge ■ Research.
■ Current staff of ﬁve.
■ 45,000 visitors annually.
Public Use Opportunities
■ Residents and non-residents ■ Visitor center.
generate $1.8 million in
expenditures annually. ■ Kiosk.
■ Boat launching ramps—15
(improved and unimproved).
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
■ 12 miles of gravel road open to Do you allow hunting?
public vehicular trafﬁc (open March Yes, the refuge has an archery deer
16-November 14. season to November, a fall squirrel
■ Sport ﬁshing (open March 16- season, and a spring turkey season.
November 14). The refuge has quota deer hunts
on selected weekends. No hunting
■ Hunting—white-tailed deer, allowed between November 15 and
resident Canada geese, turkey March 15.
and squirrels (no hunting allowed
between November 15-March 15). What recreational activities do you
■ Wildlife observation. Sportﬁshing, hunting, photography,
■ Photography. hiking, wildlife observation, and
■ Environmental Education.
Calendar of Events
March 16-November 14: sportﬁshing.
March-May: Spring turkey hunting.
May: International Migratory
August-November: squirrel hunting.
September-November: archery deer
October: National Wildlife Refuge
December: Audubon Christmas Bird
Cross Creeks NWR has an active
volunteer program. Volunteers may
assist with various jobs including
photo inventory, GPS work, wildlife
and public use surveys, educational
programs and trail maintenance.
Volunteers who have an interest
in assisting the refuge are always
welcome. For additional information,
call 931/232 7477.
Questions and Answers
How many waterfowl winter at Cross
15,000 Canada geese (average 1997-
2003) 60,000 ducks.
How many eagle nests are on the
One on the refuge and one adjacent to
the refuge. One nest has been active
Are your impoundments and
reservoirs open for ﬁshing?
Yes, March 16-November 14.