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Description - White River National Wildlife Refuge is a large bottom land hardwood forest in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Located within the flood plain of the lower White River just a few miles above its confluence with the Mississippi River, the refuge is from 3 to 10 miles wide and extends along the White River for 90 river miles. Flooding from the White and/or Mississippi Rivers may occur at any time, but is most prevalent during late winter through spring.

In recognition of the important wetland values preserved within the refuge and other publicly owned lands in the White River Basin, these areas were jointly designated as "Wetlands of International Importance" under the terms of the Ramsar Convention. This international recognition places a special responsibility upon the managing agencies to insure that these wetland values are protected and used wisely.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities include trails, wildlife observation tower, fishing, hunting, photography and boating.

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 on the eastern border of Arkansas where the White River leaves the state. Close to DeWitt, Arkansas. (In the southeast portion of the state), exit on to Second Street from U.S. Hwy. 165 or State Hwy. 1. Follow Second Street to 4-way stop, turn south on Jefferson Street. Take the 5th right. The office is the second building on the left.

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Contact Information:
White River NWR, P.O. Box 308 , DeWitt, AR, 72042-0308, Phone: 870-946-1468
, r4rw_ar.whr@fws.gov

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

White River NWR - Official agency website


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