White River National Wildlife Refuge
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Welcome to White River NWR

Buck Lake in November. Credit: Richard Hines

Buck Lake in November. Credit: Richard Hines

White River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 for the protection of migratory birds.  The refuge lies in the floodplain of the White River near where it meets the mighty Mississippi River.  Long and narrow, three to ten miles wide and almost ninety miles long, the refuge is one of the largest remaining bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi River Valley.  The refuge's fertile forests and three hundred lakes are interlaced with streams, sloughs, and bayous.  The result is a haven for a myriad of native wildlife and migratory birds.

White River National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 550 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States.  Managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior, the National Wildlife Refuges encompass over 95 million acres of land for wildlife. The mission of the Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.



Please call our Refuge office at St. Charles for immediate road conditions and/or road closings. (870) 282-8200 (Ext. 1). 

As road conditions change, this message will be updated.

For current and most accurate road conditions as well as other information about White River NWR call 870-282-8200.


White River National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Proposal

We are seeking to enhance conservation in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley by expanding the White River National Wildlife Refuge and improving connections with 4 National Wildlife Refuges, 10 State Owned Wildlife Management Areas, 4 State Owned Natural Areas, US Army Corps of Engineers lands, Arkansas Post N.M., and private conserved lands. If this proposal is approved, the refuge would be authorized to purchase lands within the expanded boundary only from willing sellers only, as funding allows.

Read the news release

Learn more about the proposed expansion

Last updated: April 18, 2014