Visitor Activities

Visitor Activity
  • Hunting

    Visitor Activity - Hunting

    Cache River NWR is known across the state, the southeast and the entire US for waterfowl hunting (duck, coot and geese) and to some extent deer hunting because of the number of large-antlered bucks that are harvested on the Refuge. Wild turkey dove, snipe, woodcock, squirrel, rabbit, quail, raccoon and opossum are also hunted on the Refuge and trapping for furbearers is allowed.

    View the Hunt Schedule in the Rules and Regulations Brochure below.

    For hunting and fishing regulations, please refer to our Public Use Rules and Regulations Brochure

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  • Fishing

    Visitor Activity - Fishing

    The Cache River NWR supports a large diversity of fish species and some are popular with anglers such as white and black crappie, largemouth and spotted bass, bluegill, flathead catfish, and blue catfish. There are also non-game and commercial fishes that are found in the various habitats of the refuge. Commercial Fishing is permitted under a Special Use Permit. The White and Cache Rivers along with Bayou DeView, and associated backwaters are great places to fish. There are also numerous oxbow lakes along the White and Cache Rivers, particularly south of Biscoe, which seasonally provide great fishing spots. Many of these lakes, along with boat ramps, can be located on the Public Use Regulations Brochure Map or Friends Group Refuge Map and most can be accessed by roads. During the summer the Refuge has an Annual Youth Fishing Derby Day in a pond stocked with catfish that is located south of Cavell.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Visitor Activity - Wildlife Viewing

    Migratory birds, particular waterfowl, can be seen during the fall and winter from the observation tower on the Howell Tract and along Refuge roads close to waterfowl impoundments and other flooded habitats. Grassland and field birds can be viewed in the warm-season grassland on the south side of the Howell refuge road also at the Howell Tract. Neotropical migrant songbirds and other forest birds can be found in bottomland forest habitat during the spring and early summer. A good place to find these birds would be on the Bayou DeView Water Trail (you can access the water trail at the boat ramp at the Bayou DeView bridge on AR-17 or the soon to be created birding trail at the George Tract just off AR-33 South on the southwest side of the Refuge. Another hot spot to look for wildlife would be on the canoe trails.

  • Interpretation

    Visitor Activities Interp

    The Refuge has a Visitor Contact Center at the Headquarter building on AR-33 South of Augusta, AR that includes interpretive displays and murals, wildlife, wildlife exhibits highlighting refuge species and habitat, along with taxidermist mounts. The Refuge is also in the process of installing interpretive panels at the Howell and George tracts and at kiosks throughout the Refuge (map). Programs are currently limited to a Youth Fishing Derby during the summer months.

  • Environmental Education

    Visitor Activities Education

    Environmental education is limited primarily to an annual Special Opportunity Youth hunt (Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt) during the winter months in which participants learn about waterfowl ecology and management, law enforcement, wild game cooking, hunter ethics, safe gun handling, and hunting and shooting skills.

  • Photography

    Visitor Activities Photography

    Photography is a common recreational use on National Wildlife Refuges throughout the country. Participants do not have to have experience or expensive equipment; a small camera or your cell phone will work just fine for most visitors and photos of wildlife, habitat, scenery, etc. can be taken on the Refuge throughout the year. Most animals are visible primarily during the early mornings and late evenings, particular during the warm times of the year. During the fall and winter, tens of thousands of ducks and geese and other migratory birds can be photographed from many locations on the Refuge, however some hotspots are the south road of the Dixie Farm unit or at the observation tower on the Howell Tract. Neotropical migrants (songbirds), other forest animals, and wildlife habitat can be photographed at the Biscoe or George Tracts located on the southwest side of the Refuge.

  • Canoeing

    Visitor Activity Canoeing

    There is a Canoe trail, Arkansas Water Trails, located on the south end of the Refuge that would be a great place to canoe, fish, and observe wildlife.