Visitors have access to over 30 miles of seasonally open ATV trails and more than 3 ½ miles of hiking trails. Wildlife can also be seen from an observation tower located at Bell Lake.
Other Facilities in the Complex
A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas, or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complexbecause they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Rules and Policies
Public Use Regulations are designed to protect the sportsman and wildlife populations. The Public Use Regulations provided for Felsenthal NWR supplement the general regulations which govern all public uses on National Wildlife Refuges as set forth in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations. Hunting and fishing regulations are in accordance with applicable State regulations.
Refuge Access Permits are required for all refuge users. When signed and in your possession, the cover section of the Public Use Regulations brochure serves as your Refuge Access permit for all refuge hunts (except all Quota Hunts) and other permissible activities and acknowledges your understanding of the regulations contained within. You may pick up a Public Use Regulations brochure at the refuge headquarters, from brochure boxes near the entrance of refuge access roads, or you can download one from our website.
A Special Use permit is required for all commercial activities on the refuge, including (but not limited to) commercial fishing, fishing tournaments, trapping, commercial filming or photography, and collecting plants or mussels. Permits may be obtained by contacting our refuge headquarters with a formal request. All Special Use permit applications are subject to a two-week turnaround time.
For information about state regulations, boat registration, or hunting and fishing licenses, contact a regional Arkansas Game and Fish Commission office or visit their website.
From highway 71, if coming from the south, turn left on Melrose Road and go approximately 2.7 miles and then turn left onto Central Road. If coming from the north, turn right onto Melrose Road, go approximately 3.4 miles then turn right onto Central Road. After getting onto Central road, go approximately .5 mile then turn left at the refuge office. From highway 41 at Horatio, take South Blackhawk Street, which is across from the Dollar General store then turn left onto Bruce Street. Go straight; Bruce Street turns into Central Road. Go approximately 10.1 miles to the refuge office on the right.