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Description - Water from 2,000 square miles of farmland flows through the refuge; thus, sedimentation has been a problem for bottomland hardwood trees and the lake. The average depth of the lake is now three feet. There are three Corps of Engineers tainter gate structures on the refuge managed to try and lessen the sedimentation problem. The refuge was and is an important area for migrating/wintering waterfowl and neotropical birds in the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem. The lake is a popular fishing spot for area fishers.

Recreation - In amongst the obvious uses of the refuge such as bird-watching, with bald eagle and osprey nests, concentrations of wintering and migrating ducks and wildlife observation, there are many other functions we serve; bow hunting for deer, squirrel and raccoon, fishing, frogging, boating and others are available as well.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Location - Located in the Northeastern corner of Arkansas, in Mississippi County, 18 Miles west of the Mississippi River. Located 2 miles east of Manila off of Hwy. 18. From I-55 take Hwy. 18 exit at Blytheville, 18 miles west on Hwy. 18.

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Contact Information:
Big Lake NWR, P.O. Box 67 , Manila, AR, 72442, Phone: 870-564-2429
, r4rw_ar.bgl@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Arkansas National Wildlife Refuges - There are nine National Wildlife Refuges in Arkansas.

Big Lake NWR - Official agency website


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