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Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center

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Big Lake today consists primarily of wooded swamps and open water. The lake is shallow with an average depth of three feet and is bordered by a virgin cypress-tupelo swamp. The refuge annually winters several species of waterfowl. Wood ducks are year-round residents and annually raise approximately 2,500 young in natural cavities and nest boxes. Other wildlife to look for are beavers, otters, raccoons, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, bobcat and the occasional armadillo.

Stop by the Visitors Center in Manila for interpretive exhibits, a small museum and a scenic overlook.
2274 Hwy. 18
Manila, AR 72442