Richardson Bottoms is a 100-acre swamp that was
flooded when beavers dammed a small creek.
Richardson Bottoms is located in both Garland and Montgomery counties in
Arkansas. It is approximately 25 miles west of the junction of Arkansas Highways
298 and 7, or approximately 5 miles east of the town of Story on highway 298.
Directions from Story:
Travel east on Arkansas Highway 298 for
5.5 miles to Forest Service Road 37300 and the sign for Richardson Bottoms.
Turn right and follow signs 2.5 miles to the site.
Close to the north shore of Lake Ouachita on the Garland/Montgomery
Richardson Bottoms location:
The area originally was a moist hardwood forest dominated by sweetgum and
Weyerhaeuser Company logged the area in the early 1980s and
replaced the trees with a loblolly pine plantation.
Beavers made use of the pine saplings and built a series of dams along a
seasonal stream leading into
Irons Fork Creek, creating 100 acre wetland.
The flooded land is now
wet year-round and supports a suite of aquatic and wetland plant and animal
With the development of the marshland, the
Ouachita National Forest saw an opportunity to protect a habitat known
nowhere else in the Ouachitas. Richardson Bottoms was designated as a
Wildlife Viewing Area and provides habitat for migrating wetland bird
Ref: Vascular Plant Species Inventory ofRichardson
Bottoms Wildlife Viewing Area