The broad bottomland rivers of the Arkansas Delta are much touted for fishing. The Arkansas Delta has many popular fishing areas for a plethora of species. Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Manila contains Mallard Lake where the state-record largemouth bass was caught. This refuge basin is thought to have formed from the New Madrid earthquake of 1811-12 and is fed by the Little River.
One of the best crappie spots in the state is Connerly Bayou, a tributary of Lake Chicot in Lake Village. Lake Chicot, Lake Dunn, and Lake Austell are must-fish lakes in the Arkansas Delta. Crowley's Ridge offers excellent Delta fishing on the Black and Little Rivers as well as Lake Ashbaugh. The main species in the river are catfish, crappie and largemouth bass. Wooded Grand Lake, southeast of Eudora, is excellent for catches of bass, catfish and panfish. The second largest natural lake in Arkansas, Horseshoe Lake fishing offers up good bass and catfish amid a lot of cypress trees.
This fertile region-shaped by the Mighty Mississippi River - is known for its agriculture and abundance of Delta fishing and hunting opportunities.
Visitors also will find state parks, wildlife refuges, museums and galleries, archeology sites, national heritage sites, a national forest, and recreational opportunities ranging from world-class hunting and fishing, to hiking, biking and birdwatching. Two major routes link the 15 counties included in this region: Crowley's Ridge Parkway (a National Scenic Byway), and The Great River Road-Arkansas (part of a 10-state route extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico).