Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in the Arkansas Delta, and its various habitats are a haven for many species of wildlife. Visitors have access to approximately 12.5 miles of well-maintained gravel roads, a 600-acre lake, fishing and wildlife viewing pier, and a 1.75 mile Cypress Discovery Canoe Trail. There are 4 distinct habitat types located at Wapanocca NWR: freshwater impoundments, bottom hardwood forests, croplands, and grasslands.
Wapanocca NWR is located in the Delta Region of eastern Arkansas. Summers are hot and humid. Biting insects, poison ivy, and snakes are common. Insect repellent is recommended throughout the warmer months.
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.
Administrative Office and Visitor Center Directions:
From I-55 heading south, turn off at exit #23, travel southeast on Highway 77 two miles, turn east on Hammond Avenue, go under the railroad overpass and make first right (refuge entrance). From I-55 heading north, turn off at exit #21 (Highway 42), travel east 1 ½ miles on Highway 42, cross Highway 77, go under the railroad overpass and make first right (refuge entrance).