Visitor Activities

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There are many activities for every age group.  Bring the family and experience the great outdoors together !



  • Hunting

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    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

    As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.  For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support.

    A Refuge permit is required for all hunting activities. Permits are non-transferable and must be signed by the hunter and carried at all times while on the refuge in possession of hunting gear. A quota firearm deer hunt is held in November each year (separate quota permit required). Portions of Wapanocca NWR are closed from December 1 – February 28 to limit disturbance to Migratory Waterfowl.

    The refuge is selling Hunt permits ! See our Refuge Rules and Regulations Brochure for details !


  • Fishing

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    Sport fishing is permitted from March 1st through November 30th in all refuge waters from sunrise to sunset. A boat ramp is located on the west side of Wapanocca Lake off of State Highway 77. Boats must be operated at speeds less than 5mph in the “No Wake Zone” located between the boat launch and open lake. The possession or use of yo-yos, jugs, or other floating containers, drops or limb lines, trotlines, or commercial fishing tackle is prohibited. Please see Public Use Regulations brochure for more information.

    For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at a national wildlife refuge soon.  Find more information with our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Wildlife Viewing

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    An excellent diversity of habitat exists comprised of mainly agricultural land, bottomland hardwood forest, early stage reforested hardwoods, open water and flooded cypress/willow swamp. Thirty small field impoundments totaling 190 acres have been developed for waterfowl in the agricultural area. Because of its strategic location in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway and the diverse habitat, the refuge is a prime wintering area for migratory waterfowl and a major stopping place for migrating warblers. The auto tour route offers excellent wildlife observation and hiking opportunities. An observation platform is located on the east side of Wapanocca Lake. Bald eagles, great blue herons, great egrets and Anhingas nest on the refuge. Over 260 species of birds, 22 mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians can be seen here. Please see the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge Bird List.

  • Interpretation

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    Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center is located within the Administrative Office located at 178 Hammond Avenue in Turrell, Arkansas. Exhibits consist of the history and natural resources of the area, habitat management, and wildlife that call the Refuge home. Stop by and see a short video on Wapanocca NWR.

  • Environmental Education

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    Environmental Education is an important program on the Refuge. Groups are welcome and arrangements may be made by contacting the Refuge headquarters at 870-343-2595.

  • Photography

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    Photography is encouraged on the refuge throughout the year. Animals are most visible during the early mornings and late evenings. During the winter months, thousands of waterfowl can be seen on Wapanocca Lake. Each season of the year provides opportunities to see and photograph unique aspects of the bottomland hardwood forest and the wildlife that call it home.