Meeman-Shelby Forest WMA and State Park

About 12 miles north of downtown Memphis, TN Millington, TN 38053

Directions and Description

Site Directions to Headquarters: From Memphis take TN Highway 388 North until it dead ends,  at the dead end, turn left and go 1 mile to a four-way stop. Look for the Shelby Forest General Store then turn right, go 1 mile, and then take a left turn into the park.  Signs are provided to assist in finding the park.  Eagle Lake may be accessed from the southern end of Meeman-Shelby State Park by taking Island No. 40 Road off of Benjestown Road. Eagle Lake- Lat/Long: 35.0548°N, -89.5399°W  Visitors Center- Lat/Long: 35.34387°N,  -90.03268°W 

To get to the WMA from Memphis, take TN Highway 388 north until it dead ends.  At the dead end, turn left,  go 1 mile to a four-way stop, and look for the Shelby Forest General Store. At this point take Benjestown Road south for about 3 to 4 miles to reach Island No. 40 Road.  Turn right on Island No. 40 Road and follow it to a point where it turns abruptly left (about 1 mile).  At the turn, there is a gate leading into the forest that controls access to a poorly maintained gravel road that leads west to the lake.

The WMA is open all year long, 7 A.M. to 10 P.M., please note hunting seasons.  Free permits can be obtained at the park headquarters (901) 876-5215.  State Park website

TWRA Contact Information: Region 1 Office 1-731-423-5725 Toll-Free 1-800-372-3928 e-mail the office Area Manager is Chris Park (731) 738-0233

Eagle Lake is a site "off the beaten track."   When accessing the site you must pass through some beautiful upland forest. The site is approximately 13,467 acres.  It is a floodplain lake surrounded by cypress swamp with two-thirds of the park containing bottomland forests of oak, cypress, and tupelo.  

There are two man-made lakes in the uplands and some natural lakes and wetland areas in the bottomland.   A boat launch into the Mississippi River is available.  Access is by a poorly maintained gravel road.  There is a gate at the entrance on Island 40 which is open on an irregular schedule. The gate is closed during high water in the bottoms.

The park hosts one of the finest arrays of plant and animal life in Tennessee.   Some 200 species of birds have been reported from the area. The wide variety of habitats offers year-round opportunities for birding. Deer and turkey are abundant. Barred Owls are abundant across the bottomland forests.  Cerulean Warblers are common breeding birds on the bluffs near the dropoff to the bottomlands.

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Regulations & Dates

All hunters are required to register and obtain a free permit at the park headquarters (901) 876-5215. Rimfire rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment only. Centerfire rifles and handguns are prohibited.

Wild hogs may be taken during deer season by licensed deer hunters.

CWD Carcass Transportation Regulations Apply

Big Game, Small Game -  Open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday within Statewide Seasons,  except as noted.

Small game hunters must meet blaze orange requirements.

Deer - Open to August Archery Deer Hunt.

Spring Squirrel - Closed.

Special Squirrel Hunt (Youth) - August 17, 2024.

Waterfowl - Waterfowl Hunting (Draw Zone) - All areas south of Pleasant View Road (Check Station Road)  is draw area. All land north of Pleasant Land View (Check Station Road) and south of North Road (Boat Ramp Road) is a non-draw area. Hunting during waterfowl season(s) occurring from November - February will be allocated by computer draw and is restricted to temporary blind sites. Hunters are restricted to numbered stakes as specified by special instructions supplied by TWRA annually. Decoys may be left out over the specified hunt but must be removed upon completion of the hunt on the last day. Hunts will be drawn for opening days of the late waterfowl season, for each Thursday - Saturday of the season including the Saturday youth hunts, and Sunday Veteran and Active Military hunts. Hunting will be limited to designated areas.

Waterfowl Hunting Non-Draw Zone. Same as statewide seasons on opening day(s) and Thursday - Saturday.

Fall Turkey - Closed.

Spring Turkey - One (1) non-quota hunt: April 12 - May 4, 2025. Hunt days are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Bag limit one (1) male bearded turkey, counts toward the statewide bag limit.

Turkey (Young  Sportsman) - One (1) hunt and April 5, 2025. One (1) bearded turkey.

Trapping - Beaver trapping by special permit only. Trapping of all other species is prohibited.

Quail - Nov. 2, 2024 - Jan. 15, 2025.

Dog training - Open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, Sept. 1, 2024 - March 15, 2025. Field Trials - Sept. 1, 2024 - April 30, 2025.

Camping - State park-managed campgrounds