Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge

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Established in 1978, the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge consists of 42,000 acres located in Union and Ouachita Parishes. The refuge is bisected by the scenic Ouachita River and edges along Finch Lake. Topography consists of upland pine-hardwood and bottomland hardwood forest, moist-soil wetlands and open water. The refuge provides excellent wintering habitat for tens of thousands of ducks and geese. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the threatened Louisiana black bear are found here. Other wildlife species include alligators, deer, turkey, squirrels, bald eagles and beavers. Although the refuge does not have a visitor center, many points of access are available to the public. Access Finch Bayou Recreation area and the scenic River Road on the west side of the refuge by way of Highway 143. From Haile, turn east on Hooker Hole Road; drive four miles and turn north onto River Road. Visitors can access the east side of the refuge in Morehouse Parish by way of Bastrop. From Highway 425, turn onto Bonner Ferry Road (Highway 593); turn left onto Cave Off Road and then right onto Prairie DeButte Road. At the end of the road, turn left onto Stevenson Road and drive straight through into the refuge. For more access points onto the refuge, refer to a refuge brochure. Headquarters are located in the nearby Lake d'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge. For more information see www.fws.gov/upperouachita or call 310-726-4400.