The Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1993 to protect and provide feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. It annually holds several hundred thousand ducks. The U.S. government purchased the large rice farm from the John Hancock Insurance Company. The refuge is located just south of Bald Knob, Arkansas and encompasses approximately 15,000 acres lying along the Little Red River and adjacent to the Henry Gray/Hurricane Lake State Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Acquired as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, this refuge has historically been home to a large winter population of waterfowl, including mallards, pintails, blue-winged teal, wood ducks, Canada geese and white-fronted and lesser snow geese. Agricultural land, river sloughs and brakes, bottomland hardwoods and fallow fields provide a diverse habitat that nurtures wintering waterfowl. The refuge is part of the most important wintering area for ducks in North America and hosts the largest wintertime concentration of pintails in the state.
“Once a rice farm, the Bald Knob NWR is now a migratory mecca for both ducks and geese.”
1439 Coal Chute Road
Arkansas Game & Fish page for the Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge (Google Map included)