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2019-20 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide Now Available

Maness Swamp Refuge

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 Maness Swamp WMA.

Lat: 36.18478°N Long: -88.91628°W

Hours: daylight hours 

Seasonality: year-round. The area is closed to all forms of trespass from 1 November through 14 February; however, designated observation areas are open year-round.

Fees: none

Site Description: The area is primarily agricultural fields that are flooded in winter for waterfowl.

At the south end of the access road, accessible only when the road is dry is some of the best reforestation you will find anywhere. The area is a refuge for waterfowl to rest, so there is no duck hunting. 

Wildlife to Watch: Winter waterfowl is the main draw for this site. 

Maness Swamp Sign

NOTE: Please refer to any site personnel and the  TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.

Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas. 

For more information:

Obion River WMA - Maness Swamp Hunting Unit Page

Tennessee Ornithological Society - Audubon Important Bird Area site description