Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Location: De Queen, Arkansas

Webpage: National Wildlife Refuge

General Description: Pond Creek NWR was established in 1994 to enhance and protect the habitat for wintering waterfowl in the Red River-Sulphur River-Little River Unit in southwest Arkansas, habitat for neo-tropical migrant songbirds, and habitat for shorebirds, wading birds and other waterbirds.  Ongoing efforts are re-establishing the wetlands hardwood habitat from the planted pine habitats of the recent past.  The refuge covers 27,300 acres of oxbow lakes, sloughs, and bottomland hardwood habitats along the Little and Cossatot Rivers.  Seasonal hunting is permitted on the refuge.  Hiking is limited to two short trails and along the miles of roads and ATV trails.

Brochure

Impressions:

1) Pond Creek NWR is a perfect example of the transition from pine plantations returning to their natural bottomland hardwood habitats.  There is a small office/Visitors Center on the refuge where you can obtain maps and general information about the refuge.

Headquarters

2) Most of the hiking opportunities are along the roads and ATV trails.  However, there are two short trails in the refuge.  The trail we took was at the intersection of Nobles Mound and Tram Roads.  It is a short mile long loop along Bridge Creek with many interpretive signs about the trees and habitat along the creek.