Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge

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Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge


(501) 724-2458

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Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge supports a tremendous array of wildlife species, but the refuge is best known for the large concentrations of migratory waterfowl that spend the winter feeding in the farm stubble and wetlands.

The refuge was established in 1993 to protect and provide feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. Acquired as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, this refuge provides a winter home for large concentrations of a number of species of ducks and geese, although it was purchased specifically for pintail management due to its identification as a major staging and wintering area for this prairie species.

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. Since its establishment, management opportunities based on the water management capability on this refuge have been seized upon for species other than waterfowl including shore and wading birds. For example, this refuge provides significant migrating shorebird habitat by creating mud flats. With the diversified management and resulting increases in migratory bird species and concentrations, Bald Knob refuge is becoming renown for its birding opportunities.

Map of Bald Knob NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 35.265244, -91.571646



  • Boating

    Boating opportunities are available, contact the park for more information.

  • Bird Watching

    Bald Knob NWR is a great place to birdwatchers to see huge flocks of migrating waterfowl. The winter months provide the best viewing.

  • Fishing

    Fishing on the refuge is allowed, and anglers often have luck with bass, catfish, crappie, and bream.

  • Hunting

    The refuge is open to hunting for waterfowl, small game, and deer. Hunting is permitted for small game and deer in designated areas during specific times. A permit is required.


The best time to see waterfowl and many other birds is fall through winter.



Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge is located south of the town of Bald Knob in White County, Arkansas. From Hwy 367 in Bald Knob, take Hickory Street south. This street will turn into Coal Chute Road at the city limit. Continue on Coal Chute Road approximately 4 miles to the refuge headquarters on the left side of the road.

Phone Numbers


(501) 724-2458