- The 65,000-acre Felsenthal NWR, established in 1970, is in the Felsenthal Basin of south central Arkansas. An intricate system of rivers, creeks, sloughs, and lakes dissects this extensive wetland complex.
The Ouachita and Saline Rivers, whose confluence is the geographic center of the refuge, form the western boundary of the Lower Mississippi River ecosystem. These extensive wetlands, in combination with the pine and upland hardwood forest habitat on the higher ridges, support a diversity of indigenous flora and fauna.
Felsenthal Refuge is home for thousands of migrant and resident waterfowl, marsh and water birds, neotropical migrants, resident wildlife and has the highest density of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers in the state. The refuge contains some of the region's richest cultural resources with more than 200 known archeological (Native American) sites.
Wildlife-oriented public use has averaged nearly 300,000 visits annually. The visitor center is a focal point for an extensive outreach program. Management of the 50,000 acres of forest habitat and the 15,000-acre navigation pool, including the world's largest greentree reservoir, is the "backbone" of Felsenthal's complex operational programs.
Recreation - Public use opportunities include: Trails, Fishing, Wildlife observation, Photography, Hunting for squirrel, rabbit, braver, coyote, quail, raccoon and others, including youth hunts. Environmental education, interpretation, and camping. Some activities include Migratory Bird Day and archery turkey hunt.
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.
Located on the southern most central portion of the state, the refuge is situated 5 miles west of Crossett, AR on Highway 82.