Eagle Lake Refuge

Approximately 8 miles NW of downtown Memphis, Shelby County, TN

Site Directions: Take TN highway 388 north of Memphis.  Go north to Robertson Road. Turn left (west) onto Robertson Road and go approximately 1 mile to Benjestown Road.

Turn left onto Benjestown Road and go south about 1.2 miles. Look for a sign on Benjestown Road pointing the way to a side road leading west to the refuge. Follow this side road about a mile to its end.

Lat-Long: 35.262, -90.0671

Seasonality All year, but waterfowl viewing is best in winter.

Fees: None.

Landmarks: Sign on Benjestown Road

SHELBY COUNTY • 3,253 ACRES
ADJACENT TO SHELBY FOREST WMA

Closed to all forms of use and trespass from Nov. 15 - the last day of Feb., except Bomprezzi Unit.

The observation area is open only during Meeman Shelby Forest hunt dates that coincide with the hunting season.

Dog training is prohibited.

Access to the south end of Shelby Forest WMA through Eagle Lake Refuge will be allowed during hunting seasons.  

Bomprezzi Unit has separate access.


EAGLE LAKE REFUGE UNIT

Big Game, Small Game, and Trapping is the same as statewide seasons and bag limits, except as noted. Hunting is allowed Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday only.

Waterfowl hunting - closed to waterfowl hunting.

Deer seasons follow Unit CWD dates and bag limits, including the August G/M/A Hunt. 

Turkey - One non-quota hunt: April 15 - May 7. Hunt days are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday Bag limit of one bearded turkey counts towards the statewide bag limit.

Turkey (Young Sportsman) - Same as statewide season.


BOMPREZZI UNIT

Big Game, Small Game is the same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Shotguns are only for small games.  Muzzleloaders and Shotguns with rifled slugs are legal for deer. Centerfire rifles are prohibited.

Deer seasons follow Unit CWD dates and bag limits, including the August G/M/A Hunt. 

Turkey - One non-quota hunt: April 15 - May 7. Hunt days are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday Bag limit of one bearded turkey counts towards the statewide bag limit.

Turkey (Young Sportsman) - Same as statewide season.

 Quail - Nov. 5 , 2022 -  Jan. 15, 2023

Site Description: Area is mostly cleared Mississippi River floodplain partitioned into water management units.  A small amount of forested bluff land occurs on this 3,253-acre refuge. 

Wildlife to Watch: A good site for viewing waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds depending upon water levels and time of year.

Mississippi Kites may be seen in summer.

Bald Eagles are seen year-round.

The bluff hills can be great for migrant songbirds in spring and fall. 

Contact Information

Region 1 Office:  731-423-5725
Phone: Toll-Free:  800-372-3928
E-mail the office
Area Manager:  Chris Park (731) 738-0233 • SG, BG

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