Cache River National Wildlife Refuge

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Cache River National Wildlife Refuge


(870) 347-2614

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Cache River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1986 to protect significant wetland habitats and provide feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. As one of the few remaining areas in the Lower Mississippi River Valley not drastically altered by channelization and drainage, the Cache River basin contains a variety of wetland communities including some of the most intact and least disturbed bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi Valley region. These unique and valuable wetlands have been protected by the RAMSAR Convention as "Wetlands of International Importance."

At present, the refuge currently encompasses over 56,000 acres located in numerous non-contiguous tracts in Jackson, Woodruff, Monroe and Prairie counties in east central Arkansas. The boundary of this refuge changes frequently as land acquisition continues along the Cache River, White River and Bayou Deview.

Map of Cache River NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 35.069345, -91.333466



  • Bird Watching

    Cache River is a great place for birdwatching. Tens of thousands of mallards use the refuge as their wintering grounds, and many other waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds can be seen throughout the year.

    Cache River is most famous, however, for a possible sighting of the thought-to-be-extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

  • Fishing

    Anglers find good sport fishing on the refuge with bass, catfish, crappie and bream making up the principle game fish.

  • Hunting

    Waterfowl hunting, as well as deer, turkey, rabbit, and quail, is excellent on the refuge.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Although most often noted as wintering grounds for tens of thousands of mallards, many other wildlife species make the refuge their home for all or part of the year. Waterfowl, wadingbirds and songbirds may be seen seasonally while deer, coyote and beaver are found year-round. During the warmer months, reptiles and amphibians are often observed.



Cache River NWR Headquarters is located 16 miles south of Augusta, Arkansas on Highway 33. From US Highway 64, turn south on Highway 33. Follow Highway 33 approximately 16 miles. The headquarters is on the right side of the road.

Phone Numbers


(870) 347-2614