The White River National Wildlife Refuge lies in the floodplain of the White River near where it meets the mighty Mississippi River, in Arkansas’ Desha, Monroe, Phillips, and Arkansas counties. Long and narrow, three to ten miles wide and almost ninety miles long, the refuge is one of the largest remaining bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi River Valley. The refuge’s fertile forests and three hundred lakes are interlaced with streams, sloughs, and bayous. The result is a haven for a myriad of native wildlife and migratory birds, including salamanders, frogs, turtles, water snakes, beavers, ducks, bald-eagles, white-tailed deer, and American black bear.
In 2013, White River National Wildlife Refuge and its watershed was recognized by the Department of Interior as the second “National Blueway,” a new designation for rivers and watersheds of national significance designed to promote and conserve the economic, recreational, and natural values of healthy river systems from source to outlet and across watersheds.
The White River National Wildlife Refuge Office/Visitor Center is located in St. Charles, Arkansas about 15 miles east of DeWitt.