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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Public Use Regulations

Just click, print and sign with the Public Use Regulations Brochure.

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Final Hunting and Fishing Package

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing package for Wapanocca NWR in Arkansas.

View the detailed information here . . .

New for this Hunting Season 2021-2022

To apply for the Wapanocca Quota Youth Deer Gun Hunt, hunters must access You will need to create an account to obtain the permit and all permits are on a first come, first served basis. The youth quota deer hunt is free with twenty permits available. Only youths 6 to 15 years old can hunt during the youth quota hunt. Permits are available from August 1st until the quota is reached or until October 31. NOTE: Permit requests will NOT be accepted in person. Permits are non-transferable and nonrefundable, even in the event of refuge deer hunt closures due to flooding.

Outdoor Kids Have FUN !

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Unplug, relax and explore, together. Want to do something for the family that is easy and fun for you too? Think nature !

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Avoid the Fall !

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One of the most popular accessories for deer hunters is a treestand. So, it should be no surprise that many hunting-related injuries involve a treestand. There are several reasons why such a helpful tool can turn dangerous. For some safety guidelines follow the link below.

Treestand Safety Tips

Activities on Wapanocca NWR

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Be sure to check out the variety of activities you can do on the refuge !

Visitor Activities

About the Complex

Central Arkansas Refuge Complex

Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Arkansas Refuge 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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