Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

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Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

Arkansas

(479) 229-4300

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Overview

During spring and fall migrations as many as fourteen species of ducks and four kinds of geese will stop by Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge for a short visit. During the winter, it is not uncommon for the refuge to host up to 100,000 ducks and geese at once. Bald eagles are also common in the winter from December through February.

Spring brings thousands of neotropical migratory songbirds that use the refuge as a rest area on their journey from Central and South America. Many species of vireos, warblers, buntings, and orioles inhabit the woodlands during this time. Most stay for only a short time to rest, but others use the refuge as a nesting area. Herons, egrets, and other wading birds feed in shallow pools and alligators can be seen in the refuge lakes and ponds.

Holla Bend NWR, established in 1957, is located 8 miles down river from Dardanelle, Arkansas. The refuge is situated on a bend of the Arkansas River which was cut off when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers straightened the river in 1954 for flood control. Refuge lands include over 7,000 acres of agricultural fields, bottomland forest, and open water.

Map of Holla Bend NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 35.147986, -93.060036

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Activities

  • Boating

    Several boat ramps are available to visitors, including one on the Arkansas River.

  • Bird Watching

    A great variety of birds can be seen at Holla Bend. During the winter, thousands of waterfowl stop over at the refuge to feed, while Bald Eagles stay through the winter. During spring, neotropical songbirds migrate through. Some migrants nest at the refuge, including Prothonotary Warblers, Swainson's Warblers, Summer Tanagers, Kentucky Warblers, and White-throated Sparrows.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    An auto tour route offer visitors an easy way to get a look at the huge amounts of wildlife, in particular migratory birds, that inhabit the refuge. The tour is open year-round, which allows birdwatchers to keep warm in their cars while viewing the large flocks of waterfowl in winter.

  • Fishing

    The numerous water features at the refuge offer good freshwater fishing. Several boat launch ramps are available. Check with the refuge for regulations.

  • Hiking

    The refuge has 10 miles of secondary roads that are open to foot traffic. These paths give visitors access to more remote parts of the refuge.

  • Hunting

    Archery hunting for deer is allowed on the refuge. Check with officials for regulations and seasons.

Seasonality/Weather

Winter is the time to see the masses of waterfowl, as well as Bald Eagles. For migratory songbirds, visit the refuge in spring.

Directions

Driving

Holla Bend NWR is located about five miles southeast of Dardanelle, Arkansas. From Dardanelle, take State Highway 7 South to State Highway 155 East and go about four miles to the refuge entrance. Once you enter the refuge the office/visitor area is about half a mile down the road on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(479) 229-4300

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