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Bald Knob
National Wildlife Refuge

1439 Coal Chute Road
Bald Knob, AR   72010
E-mail: baldknob@fws.gov
Phone Number: 501-724-2458
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Bald Knob Refuge was acquired as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, this refuge is an important link in protecting wildlife and it's habitat.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Fishing is permitted year-round although opportunities are limited. State seasons are in effect. Quality of fishing ranges from fair to good with catfish, crappie, bream and bass making up the principle game fish

Hunting opportunities attract many outdoor enthusiasts. As a significant wintering area for waterfowl, duck hunting can be excellent. Other refuge hunting seasons include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, and raccoon

Wildlife Observation
Due to its diversity of habitats Bald Knob NWR supports a tremendous array of wildlife species. Visitors may see large mammals such as white-tailed deer, raccoons, bobcat, coyote, river otters and beaver year round or a wide range of smaller species such as reptiles and amphibians in the warmer months. Waterfowl and other bird life are abundant. Since the refuge was established to benefit waterfowl they are the most numerous type of bird species found. During the late fall and through winter large concentrations of blue, snow, Canada, and white fronted geese can be seen often feeding in the stubble left from farming. In addition, mallards, pintails, blue and green wing teal and wood ducks can be found swimming and feeding in the wetter areas. The refuge annually host one of the largest wintering pintail populations in Arkansas and serves as a staging area for pintails migrating to the coastal areas of west Louisiana and eastern Texas. Long-legged wading birds such as herons and egrets can be found stalking their prey in shallow waters. Songbirds such as prothonotary warblers, common yellowthroats and bluebirds can be seen both year round and seasonally darting among the trees. During the winter months, up to forty bald eagles may be seen at a time perched high above the refuge. Peregrine falcons are also present during the winter, but only seen occasionally.

Central Arkansas Refuge Complex Headquarter/Office - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 26320 Hwy 33 South, Augusta, AR

Entrance Fees
There are currently no entrance fees to participate in amateur photography, wildlife observation, or fishing on the refuge.

Use Fees
A Special Use Permit is required for any commercial activity on the refuge (filming, photography, collecting acorns, etc.) A Refuge Permit is required for all hunts. This permit is free and available upon request by mail or can be downloaded on line at http://baldknob.fws.gov
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