Big Creek Wild Life Management Area
Big Creek WMA is located in Lee County Arkansas 4 miles East of Monroe, Arkansas near the small farming community of Buckhorn. It is a small 240 acre management area that received its name from the stream which flows along the center of the WMA.
The small WMA consists of old agricultural fields that have been reforested. The low area contains stands of Tupelo Cypress habitats and some hardwood thickets remain on the upland portion of the site.
Big Creek provides excellent fishing for pan fish and bird enthusiasts who may find an array of neotropical migrants during seasonal migrations.
Lee County Wild Life Management Area
Lee County WMA is located south of Haynes, Arkansas near Crowley’s Ridge.
This WMA was acquired to provide additional public use opportunities. The management is comprised of old agricultural fields, which have been reforested providing a home for an abundance of wildlife including small game and an assortment of birds.
A parking area is provided where Highway 131 and the WMA meet
St. Francis Wild Life Management Area
St. Francis WMA is located in the St. Francis National Forest which is in Lee and Phillips counties, between the towns of Marianna and Helena-West Helena. It consists of 20,946 acres and is connected with the L’Anguille, St. Francis, and Mississippi Rivers. The WMA is accessible by Highway 44 from Marianna and Highway 1 and 242 from Helena-West Helena.
This area consists of upland hardwood forests located on the hilly Crowley’s Ridge section, with approximately 2500 acres of bottomland timber adjacent to the St. Francis had two man make lakes, Bear Creek and Storm Creek, opened for fishing. Both lakes were initially stocked with bass, bream, and crappie and are cooperatively managed by the USFS and AG&FC fisheries biologist.
Deer, turkey and squirrel hunting are the favorite on the area. Raccoons and other furbearers, cottontail and swamp rabbits, ducks, geese, mourning doves, bobwhite, woodcock, coyote and snipe are hunted and/or trapped on the area. The relative abundance of these animals is subject to seasonal fluctuation, climatic factors, etc. Bear Creek and Storm Creek Lakes provide fishing and other water related recreation. Hiking trails have been established near the campgrounds on Bear Creek, where birdwatchers and wildlife photographers have ample opportunities to see and photograph wildlife, songbirds and other non-game species. Alligators have been stocked in the Beaver Pond. Eagles have been sighted around Bear Creek and Mississippi River. For hikers and history buffs, two cemeteries are located in the forest with some stones dating back to the early 1800’s. Indian burial grounds have been located on the area along the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers but digging in these areas is prohibited.
Camping areas are located around Bear Creek and Storm Creek Lakes. The US Forest Service maintains them on a fee basis. These campsites have restrooms, tent pads, trailer areas, grills, picnic tables, and water sources, but no electricity
University of Arkansas at Pine Tree WDA
The area derived its name from the small farming community of Pine Tree, Arkansas. It was first established as a University of Arkansas branch experiment station. The university has conducted agricultural experimentation over many years dealing with various research efforts. It is an 11,850 acre area owned by the University of Arkansas, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have a cooperative agreement with them to provide the resource for public use. The WDA is being managed for all species of resident wildlife, along with wintering migratory species to providing maximum recreational enjoyment to the public.
The 11,850 acre area consists of a diverse habitat of hardwood timber intermixed with fields planted in various crops. Several beaver ponds provide habitat for wintering waterfowl as well as other frequenters of wetland habitats. Large tracts of fescue pasture grounds are established with an occasional small fishing pond providing a water source for wildlife. The area is comprised of approximately 11,850 acres of habitat, 3,940 acres of this total are forestland, 5,630 in pastureland, and 2,280 acres are in cropland.
The management area is regulated by permit quota hunting for deer. Turkey hunting is closed due to stocking efforts. Small game such as rabbits, quail, squirrels, furbearers, doves, and ducks are presently being hunted under the statewide season frameworks.
Many outdoor opportunities exist for the visiting public. Several fishing lakes provide fishing. Bird enthusiasts can venture into the hardwoods and along the edges of fields and observe an array of songbirds. Hiking can be experienced using some of the woods roads within the management area.
University of Arkansas Cotton Branch Station
The 650 acre University of Arkansas Cotton Branch Experiment Station is located on Highway 1 South, approximately 2 miles south of Marianna. It was established in 1926 by the Arkansas Legislators. The mission of the station is to serve the agricultural community of Arkansas, particularly those involved in agronomic crop production. Research at the station includes annual evaluation of cotton, soybean, wheat, and corn cultivars and breeding lines, as well as studies to determine optimum fertility, irrigation and pest management for these crops. In addition to providing valuable information for Arkansas farmers, the field experiments provide training for young agricultural scientists and graduate students. Visitors are welcome and tours can be arranged.
This station is also the site of the Eastern Arkansas Soil Testing and Research Laboratory. The laboratory was built in 1954 to relieve the soil-testing load at the Fayetteville campus and provide year-round service to all Arkansas counties.
Cotton Branch Station
Highway 1 South
P.O. Box 789
Marianna, AR 72360
University of Arkansas at Pine Tree Branch Experiment
The 12,000 acre University of Arkansas Pine Tree Branch Experiment Station is located in Pine Tree, approximately 14 miles northwest of Forrest City. The mission of this experiment station involves crops research, foundation seed production, timber research, and wildlife management.
The station experiments with grain crops such as rice, wheat, soybeans, grain sorghum, and corn. Timber research is done in cooperation with the U of A Forest Resources Center located at Monticello and includes stand management practices, regeneration techniques and alternative enterprises for East Arkansas Delta lands.
Pine Tree works with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the University of Arkansas scientists to demonstrate improved wildlife management practices including habitat improvement and species introduction.
Pine Tree Branch Station
7337 Highway 306 West
University of Arkansas
Colt, AR 72326