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Andrew H. Hulsey State Fish Hatchery

Andrew H. Hulsey State Fish Hatchery

Region: Ouachitas
City: Hot Springs

Description: Located in Garland County, this 135-acre Arkansas Game and Fish Commission operation comprises several ponds of varying sizes located near the south shore of Lake Hamilton. In winter, the ponds attract ducks such as Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, and Bufflehead. During migration, drained, muddy ponds attract shorebirds. They are most common in April and May and from late July through September.

While some observation can be done from the car along the main road through the hatchery, the best views are gained by walking on the levees between the 95 acres of ponds. Driving on the levees is not allowed.

Rarities seen here include Long-tailed Duck, Black and Surf Scoter, Glossy Ibis, Red-necked Phalaropes, and Yellow-headed Blackbird. It was here that Arkansas’ first, and thus far only, Mountain Bluebird was seen.

Directions:
From the intersection of US 70/270 and Ark. 7 in Hot Springs, take Ark. 7 south 7.9 miles to Ark. 290; turn left (east) onto Ark. 290 and drive 2.8 miles to the hatchery entrance (watch for signs).

GPS Coordinates: 34.412645, -93.058662

For more information about the local species, click on a photo below.

Belted Kingfisher
© Robert Herron
Black-bellied Plover
© Ron Howard
Black-necked Stilt
© Larry Jernigan
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
© Ron Howard
Bufflehead
© Dr. Larry Jernigan
Chipping Sparrow
© Dr. Larry Jernigan
Dunlin
© Robert Herron
Gadwall
© Ron Howard
Killdeer
© Larry Jernigan
Le Conte's Sparrow
© Kelly Chitwood
Mallard
© Dr. Larry Jernigan
Sanderling
© Robert Herron
Semipalmated Plover
© Robert Herron
Spotted Sandpiper
© Robert Herron
Wilson's Snipe
© Charles Mills