Visitors Guide to
St. Francis Sunken Lands
Wildlife Management Area
Access from several State
including AR-63, AR-69, AR-135 & AR-18
Craighead, Greene, Poinsett, & Clay Counties, Arkansas
The Sunken Lands Wildlife
Management Area is an area
in northeast Arkansas that was created by the New Madrid Earthquakes of
1811-12. The area became nationally famous as a hunting and fishing area in
the early 20th century. Strung over approximately 30 miles along the St.
Francis River Floodway, waterfowl hunting accounts for the majority of the
area's recreational use. Squirrel, quail and rabbit also are abundant, and
deer and turkeys are present in fair numbers. Fur bearers and non-game
mammals, as well as migratory birds, inhabit the hardwood timber forests
throughout the region. St. Francis Lake (actually a wide part of the St.
Francis River) provides good catfish, bass, ream and crappie fishing.
Some isolated stands of old
growth bald cypress still exist on the area, and there are excellent
opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing. The Payneway Moist
Soil Unit located on the west side of the river, just north of the St.
Francis Lake control Structure hosts a variety of shorebirds, eagles and
several duck species. The area is flooded in October through February
annually to provide wintering habitat for migrant birds and ducks. As many
as 50,000 ducks are commonly seen on the area which is protected from
hunting as a waterfowl rest area.
Visiting St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA
There is no charge to visit the St. Francis
Sunken Lands WMA.
See the website
below for directions.
Learn more about the
counties of Craighead,
St. Francis Sunken Lands Wildlife Management Area
The official website of the
St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA maintained by the Arkansas Fish and