White River National Wildlife Refuge
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White River NWR Habitat

Swamp rabbit riding a log. Credit: USFWS

Swamp rabbit riding a log. Credit: USFWS

Lakes & Ponds

There are over 300 lakes and ponds located throughout White River NWR. Lakes and ponds are a welcoming oasis to many animals from all types of habitats, which supply drinking water, food, a breeding place, underwater escape, and a break from insects. Wildlife you may see around this habitat are salamanders, frogs, turtles, water snakes, beavers, ducks, bald-eagles, white-tailed deer, and American black bear.

Bottomland Hardwood Forest

Bottomland hardwood forests are the south’s most productive living communities. In their humid, tangled depth, more than 70 species of trees grow and more kinds of flowering plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians grow here than anywhere else in the south.  Some type of food source is always available for wildlife because bottomland hardwood forests produce acorns, berries, and seeds on differing schedules.

River and Streams

The White River flows 90 miles through White River NWR, with many streams, bayous, and sloughs all across the refuge flowing into the river.


Last updated: May 10, 2013