Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge

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Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge


(870) 289-2126

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Geographically positioned in a area where the Central and Mississippi flyways overlap, Pond Creek Refuge provides outstanding habitat for waterfowl. The forested wetlands of the refuge are used by migrating and wintering waterfowl during the fall, winter and spring. Mallards, gadwall, American wigeon and wood ducks are among the over 15 species of waterfowl that traditionally use the seasonally flooded wetland habitats of the refuge. Other species seen less often include northern shoveler and blue and green-winged teal.

The hardwood-dominated forested wetlands of Pond Creek Refuge provide outstanding habitat for an abundance of birdlife, particularly neotropical migratory songbirds. Neotropical birds use the refuge as a rest stop during fall and spring migration to replenish energy reserves for the long journey to and from wintering areas in Central and South America. This habitat is also used for breeding and nesting during the spring and summer for many of these species. Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, Prothonotary warbler, northern cardinal, Swainson's warbler, summer tanager, Kentucky warbler, and white-throated sparrow are among the over 20 species of migrants that nest here.

Map of Pond Creek NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 33.861863, -94.250851



  • Boating

    Please contact the park for more information.

  • Bird Watching

    Pond Creek NWR hosts thousands of migratory waterfowl in the fall, winter, and spring. The upland forest areas provide outstanding habitat for neotropical migratory songbirds.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed in refuge waters, including the Little River, which runs along most of the refuge's southern border.

  • Hunting

    The refuge has designated hunting seasons for small game, waterfowl and big game. Refuge hunt brochures, available at most local businesses and at all entrance points, provide season dates, a list species that can be hunted, and all regulations.



Pond Creek Refuge is south of De Queen, and north of Ashdown, Arkansas off of state highway 71. Watch for signs directing visitors to the refuge.

Phone Numbers


(870) 289-2126