- With concentrations of wintering and migrating ducks, geese, and raptors it is also a major migration stopover of warblers and other neotropical migrants. Including the large great blue heron, common egret, and an anhinga rookery. There is also an active bald eagle nest.
Thirty small field impoundment's have been developed for waterfowl in the agricultural land. Because of its strategic location in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway and the diverse habitat, the refuge is a prime wintering area for migratory waterfowl and a major stopping place for migrating warblers.
Due to increasing nutrient loads, the lake's fishing has declined from historical levels, but is still a major attraction to this area.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities include a nature drive, wildlife observation platform, fishing, hunting, photography and canoeing.
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 on the central eastern border and is four miles west of the Mississippi River in Crittenden County. Take Exit 21 off Interstate 55 onto Highway 42 east 1.5 miles.