Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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