Visitor Activities

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Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge offers a wide array of activities. From fishing to environmental education, we offer something for everyone.

 

 

 

  • Hunting

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    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that the National Refuge System recognizes as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. It also happens to be a popular activity on the refuge enjoyed by local residents and out of town visitors.

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  • Trapping

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    Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information on trapping within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

  • Fishing

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    Characterized by its natural depression of creeks, sloughs, bayous, rivers, and oxbow lakes, the “Felsenthal Basin” offers anglers an assortment of fishing potential. Largemouth Bass, catfish, bream and perch can all be found within the waters here. Accessing the refuge for fishing can be done by boat, ATV/UTV or by foot. There are 12 boat ramps and several ATV/UTV trails located throughout. Refer to the refuge’s Public Use Regulations  for specific seasons and regulations as they are updated annually. 

     

  • Wildlife Viewing and Nature Trails

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    Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to watch wildlife and is a designated Important Bird Area by Arkansas Audubon. Whether it's hiking or paddling you are in the mood for, ease your cravings here. Our land and water trails provide visitors a self-guided opportunity to get out and explore.

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  • Interpretation and Events

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    The refuge offers a variety of programs throughout the year. Annual events include a bird walk, Refuge Sweep—Litter Clean-Up, Youth Fishing Derby, and the Fall Festival, Celebrating the Outdoors. Tours, talks, and activities are also scheduled throughout the year. Be sure to check out the Events Calendar for dates and other fun things to do. 

  • Environmental Education

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    Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor classrooms—excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Felsenthal welcomes school groups and others interested in environmental education. School field trips and classroom visits are accommodated through tours, hikes, pond studies, games and talks. To schedule a field trip, contact the Visitor Services Specialist by calling the refuge at (870) 364-3167.

  • Photography

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     Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

  • Camping

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    There are 10 primitive campsites located throughout the refuge that may be utilized in conjunction with on-refuge wildlife-dependent recreation only. Refer to the refuge's Public Use Regulations for specific regulations and campsite locations.