Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Proposed Hunting and Fishing Program Changes

The Service is proposing changes for the station’s hunting and fishing program.

Learn the details . . .

News Release Refuge Closed February 8 -12

The refuge will be closed for aerial gunning operations aimed at reducing feral hog populations on the federal and state lands.

View the Full News Release HERE

Postponed- Fishing Derby

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Big Lake Youth Fishing Derby for kids 15 and younger has been postponed.

Wood Duck


The wood duck is a beautiful bird found on the refuge year-round. It nests in cavities of bald cypress and other bottomland hardwood trees. The mother duck will lay around 8 eggs in a nest and incubate them for about 25 days.

Learn more


Learn more about Big Lake NWR through our publications page! Hunting and fishing regulations may also be found here.


About the Complex

Central Arkansas NWR Complex

Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Arkansas NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS