What to know
Lake Mallard is a 300-acre lake at the southern end of Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Created in 1967 by the placement of a series of levees in the marshy lowlands of the 12,000-acre preserve, the management area is adjacent to the federal refuge and provides many outdoor opportunities. Fishing: The current state record for largemouth bass (16-pounds, four ounces) was established at Lake Mallard in 1976. Boat launch is available and accommodations may be found at Manila or 15 miles away in Blytheville -- 870-762-2012.