Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge


Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge the World's Largest Green Tree Reservoir.
Created by the Felsenthal Dam on the Ouachita River
Located in southeast Arkansas, approximately eight miles west of the town of Crossett.

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Draft Habitat Management Plan October (2015) and Environmental Assessment.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared this Draft Habitat Management Plan for Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge to guide habitat management over the next 15 years.

Established in 1975 and named for a small community, Felsenthal, located at its southwest corner of the 65,000 acre refuge contains an abundance of water resources created by the Ouachita and Saline Rivers and the Felsenthal Pool.

The 65,000 acre low lying Felsenthal refuge consist of an intricate system of rivers, creeks, sloughs, swamps, and lakes, while also supporting a wide diversity of native wildlife and plants.

The AGFC has agreed to buy an additional, nearly 3,000-acre area near the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in south Arkansas, but the paperwork will not be signed to finalize the deal until late 2018 or in early 2019.

Felsenthal is the world's largest green-tree reservoir consisting of the 15,000-acre Felsenthal Pool that is more than doubled to 36,000 acres during winter flooding of the bottomland hardwood forest during winter and spring provides for excellent flooded timber duck hunting.
Flooding of the Felsenthal Refuge Greentree Reservoir begins in mid-November with expectations that water levels will reach full flood by the end of December

15,000 acres, bottomland hardwood:
40,000 acres and uplands:
10,000 acres of upland forrest.
For Water Levels Call:   870-943-2307
For Hunting and fishing information Call:   870-364-3167

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge lies within the Mississippi Flyway.  Ducks began arriving in September with blue-wing teal, mallards, black ducks, gadwall, and ring-neck ducks among the 20 species that winter here. Wood ducks are a year-round resident, nesting in tree cavities and  nest boxes that have been placed throughout the hardwood forest.

Black Bears

Rick Eastridge, bear program coordinator with the Game and Fish Commission, said that in the past several years,
33 adult females with 84 cubs have been moved from White River NWR to Felsenthal NWR.

Migrant Birds

During the spring, summer, and through early fall, Felsenthal  is sanctuary for a variety of other migrant birds. A variable of songbirds and shorebirds stop briefly in the fall and spring to replenish energy reserves for the long journey to and from wintering areas in Central and South America, while other birds, such as Northern parula, prothonotary warbler, and American redstart utilize the refuge for nesting. Almost 100 species of birds are known to nest in the area.


There are 11 primitive camping areas (no facilities) on Felsenthal NWR. Also adjacent to the refuge are two camp grounds with full facilities: Crossett Harbor RV Park on Highway 82 and Grand Marais Campground at the town of Felsenthal

Endangered Wildlife

The red-cockaded woodpecker, a small resident bird, is an endangered species. This woodpecker prefers open, park-like timber stands where it drills nesting cavities in mature pine trees. In these upland areas, trees with cavities are marked with white bands. Artificial nest inserts are placed in mature pine trees to supplement natural cavity trees and to encourage establishment of new colonies. Forest management practices, such as selective cutting and intensive prescribed burning, are the primary management tools used to improve and maintain a home for this endangered bird.

Bald Eagles

Felsenthal Refuge is home to bald eagles during the winter as these magnificent birds follow waterfowl down the flyway. In the future, these birds may begin nesting here since the Felsenthal Pool has created what appears to be optimum habitat.


Felsenthal NWR is on the northern edge of the American alligator's range. Although no longer on the endangered list, this ancient reptile is still considered threatened in Arkansas. This resident makes its home in the thousands of acres of shallow water wetlands.
Alligators have been known to nest on the refuge.

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Aquatic Vegetation Control

As of 2008 nearly $200,000 has been committed to controlling aquatic vegetation in Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.
The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission has agreed to match the $73,000 the US Fish & Wildlife Service received in a Challenge Cost-Share Grant.

AGFC funds will be used to purchase, raise, and stock triploid grass carp.
Thirty-thousand 10 inch and 35,000 fingerling, triploid grass carp will be purchased from Keo Fish Farms.
The fingerling grass carp will be raised to 10 inches at AGFC fish hatcheries. Triploid grass carp will be stocked beginning in the fall of 2008. An additional 100,000 fingerlings will be purchased, raised by AGFC hatchery personnel, and stocked into the Felsenthal Pool over the next two years. This will result in a total stocking rate of 10 triploid grass carp per acre. The Ouachita River Commission contributed $40,000 to Friends of Felsenthal. These funds will be used to fund a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Under the direction of Dr. Steve Lochman, this student will evaluate pre- and post-effects of grass carp stockings on vegetation control in the Felsenthal Pool of the Ouachita River. Felsenthal Vegetation Control Fundraising Committee has received$10,718 in contributions from local companies, municipalities, and individuals interested in preserving the Felsenthal Pool fishery and controlling aquatic vegetation. Anyone interested in contributing a tax-deductible donation can send a check to:

Friends of Felsenthal Vegetation Control Fund
P.O. Box 932 Crossett, AR 71635

Contributions will be used to purchase herbicides to treat submergent and emergent vegetation in the reservoir.


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