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Lauderdale Waterfowl Refuge

Birding Seasons:
Spring A-
Summer C
Fall A-
Winter A+

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Site Description and Habitats

The site is mostly a large cleared and farmed bottomland area filled with water management units that can be managed for the benefit of waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds. An enclosed and elevated viewing platform is available for use. Access is restricted to the observation tower and road only. Look for the wildlife observation toawer on the east side of the road. The best time to visit is the winter when water management units are flooded and and waterfowl abound.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: shorebirds including Wilson’s Snipe, Pectoral Sandpipers among others.


Winter: Snow, Ross's, Canada, and Greater White-fronted Geese, Mallards, Northern Pintail, Northern Shovelers, American Black Ducks, Ring-necked Duck, among other waterfowl.

Year-Round: Large number of Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagle

Rarities Seen at this Site: Common Green-winged Teal, Golden Eagle

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Other wildlife viewing opportunities
White-tailed deer

Detailed directions for birding Lauderdale Waterfowl Refuge
At the intersection of TN Highway 210 and Poplar Grove Road north of Halls, TN?Lauderdale County, TN. From Halls, TN, take TN Highway 210 north to Poplar Grove Road (about 2.4 miles). The refuge is on the right side of the road between Highway 210 and the South Forked Deer River.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Lauderdale Wildlife Refuge: 35.9148, -89.386

Fees and Hours
No fees and open all year for viewing from the observation platform. The area is gated and closed to all access in winter, but the observation platform is open year round.

For tips for safely watching wildlife during hunting seasons and year round please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates.

There are no restroom facilities or designated birding observation areas.

TWRA Region I office
200 Lowell Thomas Drive, Jackson, TN 38301
800-372-3928; 731-423-5725

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site