- The purpose of the refuge is to protect, enhance and manage a valuable bottom land wetland ecosystem for the benefit of migratory and resident waterfowl, neotropical migratory birds, wading birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.
Management of this vital wetland area is minimal and consists primarily of "custodial" activities such as boundary posting and limited law enforcement. And is reflected in it's one person staff.
Recreation - The refuge is open year-round to wildlife dependent recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, environmental education and interpretation and camping. There is a myriad of recreational opportunities available including muzzleloading deer hunting, trapping, muskrat, nutria and beaver hunting amongst others
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.
The refuge is located in the southwestern most portion of the state, 30 miles north of Texarkana, Arkansas, 10 miles southeast of DeQueen, Arkansas. The western Boundary of the refuge is 10 miles from the Arkansas-Oklahoma line.