City: Cotton Plant
Bayou deView, beginning in Poinsett County and then flowing generally south by southwest through parts of extreme northwest Cross, southeast Jackson, Woodruff and Monroe Counties of northeastern Arkansas to its confluence with the Cache River just north of Clarendon, is formerly a river that has now become a swampy bayou due to channelization for agricultural production that occurred many years ago. The area is dense vegetation in the form of Tupelo, Bald Cypress, Hickory, Pine and other native trees of the hardwood and softwood families. The bayou sits among some of the largest remaining natural bottomland hardwood forests in North America, and is home to over 50 species of wild animals including black bears, bobcats, river otters, beavers, cougars, armadillos, possums, raccoons, deer and others. It is also the natural home to over 48 species of reptiles and amphibians including water moccasins, copperheads and timber rattlesnakes, as well as several species of watersnakes including the diamondback, banded, broadbanded and common watersnakes, all of which can be found in abundance, though they are usually very docile and timid. Also found here are over 240 species of songbirds and game birds. Most recently, Bayou deView has gained international notariety because of sightings of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a large and beautiful bird thought to have been extinct for over 60 years due to deforestation by the timber industry.