Pickwick Lake

Phone: (800) 552-FUNN; Website:
Ranked as one of the top bass fishing spots in the U.S., Pickwick is renowned for its smallmouth and largemouth catches. Other sport fish include catfish, sauger, crappie, white bass, striped bass, spotted bass, and bluegill. Several guide services are available. Pickwick is also well known for its water recreation opportunities such as skiing, boating, canoeing, swimming and lake front camping. 

Natchez Trace State Park

Henderson County 24845 Natchez Trace Rd., Wildersville, TN 38388; (800) 250-8616; (731) 968-8176
Named for the western alternative route of the famous Nashville-to-Natchez trail of the 18th and 19th centuries. The park includes Pin Oak and Cub Lake units which encompass 8,901-acres within the 48,000-acre Natchez Trace State Forest, Tennessee’s largest state forest. Along with the scenic woodlands, the park offers four lakes, 45 miles of hiking trails, a wrangler camp, inn, restaurant, and cabins.

Lake Graham

300 Hurts Chapel Rd., Jackson, TN 38301; (731) 422-0950
A 575-acre man-made lake, operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, features small boats & fishing from boat, bank, or pier. Swimming or water skiing are not allowed. Bait, tackle, boat rentals, fishing pier, picnic area, and boat ramps are all available.

Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

P. O. Box 187, Brownsville, TN 38012; (731) 772-0501
Located only four miles south of Brownsville on U. S. Hwy. 76 are 11,556-acres of the Hatchie Scenic River that comprise the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge. It offers nature at its best with nine natural oxbow lakes, as well as a man-made lake for fishing, more than 200 species of birds, about 50 mammals and a myriad of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

Cypress Grove Nature Park

Located four minutes from downtown Jackson on Highway 70 West; (731) 425-8316
Established in 1984 to preserve part of Jackson’s natural river bottom habitat, Cypress Grove consists of 165 acres of Cypress forest and features trails, more than two miles of elevated boardwalk, a pond and a lake, home to various mammals, frogs, fish, turtles and more than 175 species of birds. The site also features the Aerie Trail Raptor Center, a haven for birds of prey that have been injured and cannot survive on their own in the wild. Restrooms and picnic facilities. Free admission. Open daily Nov.-March 8 a.m.-5 p.m., April-Oct. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Group reservations accepted.

Beech River Watershed

Beech River Watershed Development Authority; Box 477, Eastern Shores Dr., Lexington, TN 38351; (731) 968-6191;Web Site:

Encompasses six lakes providing a total of 3,000-acres of surface area and 100 miles of shoreline for recreational activities. Beech, Pine, Cedar, Redbud, Dogwood and Sycamore Lakes are open to the public for fishing, swimming, hunting in season, boating, camping, hiking and other related outdoor activities.

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