Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas.

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located near the small town of Bald Knob in White County, Arkansas, was established in 1993 to protect and provide feeding and resting areas for migratory waterfowl. The Service’s Final Environmental Assessment and land protection plan for the refuge stated the purpose for acquisition “is for preservation of winter habitat for lesser-snow geese, Canada geese, mallards, pintail, blue-winged teal, and wood ducks.” The refuge annually hosts the largest populations of wintering pintail in the state and is a crucial staging area for pintail migrating to the coastal areas of Louisiana and eastern Texas.

Bald Knob NWR encompasses approximately 15,000 acres of forested wetlands and croplands. Lying along the Little Red River and adjacent to the Henry Gray Hurricane Lake State Wildlife Management Area, this refuge is an important link in protecting wildlife and its habitat.

Bald Knob NWR has been named as an “Important Birding Area” by the Audubon Arkansas Board of Directors.

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Take US-167/US-67  to Bald Knob, AR. Take exit 55 to US 64 East, continue on to US 167 South for approximately 1 mile.  Turn left on to Hickory street to Coal Chute Road and follow it south for approximately 3 miles. 

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