Obion River WMA

Site Directions: From Kenton, follow highway 89 east and follow signs to Greenfield and Big Cypress State Natural Area.

Highway 89 is well paved, has several sharp bends, and transitions to Highway 445; however, follow the signs to Big Cypress State Natural Area and you will pass the entrance to Obion River WMA on the left.

Other access points are available on Highway 445.

Lat: 36.18482°N Long: -88.91656°W

Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality:  The WMA is open to foot traffic only when gates are closed. Maness Swamp Hunting Unit is closed to all activity beginning 5 days before each opening of late duck season. All hunting other than waterfowl is prohibited during late duck season and Unit may only be hunted by those possessing a special waterfowl area permit during late duck season.

Entrance gates will be open during hunting seasons, but may be closed without prior notice for safety and management reasons.

Fees: none 

Obion/Weakley/Gibson counties • 8,500 acres
along the Obion River between Hwy. 45W and Hwy. 45E
Rob Lewis (731) 749-5587

All Units

  • Hunters (except raccoon, opossum, and turkey hunters) may not enter WMA prior to 2 hours before sunrise and must be off of WMA by one hour after sunset or legal hunting/shooting time.
  • No permanent blinds. No blinds, blind materials, boats, or decoys may be left overnight.
  • Adjacent Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area is open to hunting same as Obion River WMA.
  • Hunting is prohibited within 100 yards of the RIVER TRAIL BOARDWALK and RIVER TRAIL.
  • Hunting with shotgun, muzzleloader, rimfire, and archery only.
  • Recovery of big game on RIVER TRAIL BOARDWALK is prohibited.
  • Contact Park Manager during normal business hours for access through a locked gate after hours. (731) 431-7168

Big Game, Small Game, and Trapping are the same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Closed for fall turkey hunting.

Turkey - One non-quota hunt: April 15- May 7. The bag limit of one bearded turkey counts towards the statewide bag limit.

Turkey (Young Sportsman) - Same as statewide season.

Quail - Nov. 5 - Jan. 15.

Maness Swamp Hunting Unit

North of State Hwy. 445, Bordered by the south fork and middle fork of the Obion rivers as marked.

Big Game, Small Game, and Trapping are the same as statewide seasons, except as noted.

Closed for fall turkey hunting.

For Gibson County portions, deer season follows Unit CWD dates and bag limits, including the August G/M/A hunt. 

Turkey - One non-quota hunt: April 15 - May 7. The bag limit of one bearded turkey counts towards the statewide bag limit.

Turkey (Young Sportsman) - Same as statewide season.

Waterfowl - Waterfowl Hunting will be allocated by computerized drawings for 3-day hunts (Friday - Sunday) and Opening weekend(s). The drawings will be held prior to the hunt. Hunting will only be allowed from designated locations. Waterfowl hunting closes at 3:00 p.m. except the last day of the waterfowl season(s) occurring in Nov. - Feb., and youth/military season(s) when hunting ends at sunset.

Closed to all activities five days before each opening of the late duck season. All hunting other than waterfowl is prohibited during the late duck seasons. No waterfowl hunters are permitted on Unit or Access area from two hours after legal shooting hours have ended until 4 a.m. the following day during the late duck season(s).

Site Description: Obion River WMA is a mixture of bottomland hardwood forest and cropland for waterfowl management. 

Wildlife to Watch:
 Game species are common, including Wild Turkey, White-tailed Deer, and, in winter, waterfowl abound.

Edge species, such as Indigo Bunting, are common in summer in addition to resident birds.

Contact Information

Region 1 Office:  731-423-5725
Phone: Toll-Free:  800-372-3928
E-mail the office
Area Manager:   Rob Lewis (731) 749-5587

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Obion River WMA Maness Swamp