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Wapanocca Lake, AR

Wapanocca Lake formed 5,000 years ago when the Mississippi River changed course. The lake is surrounded by old-growth baldcypress forest which remains flooded year-round. Paddles typically stay to the perimeter, using the trees as shelter wherever possible.


Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge, Turrell. AR 72384

Interpretative Center open Monday – Friday 9:00 to 4:00

Office Phone: 870-343-2595

30.5 miles, 36 minutes from Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN

Paddling is best in in spring and early summer.  Duckweeds, grasses and lilies make paddling a challenge later in the year.  The refuge is closed to all other uses during an annual deer hunt in the fall and portions of the refuge are closed as a waterfowl sanctuary from December 1st through. February 28th.

From Memphis take I-55 North to Exit 21 (North of West Memphis) go East on HWY 42 through stop sign go under RR bridge 1/8 mile to Wapanocca entrance on right. Address: 178 Hammond Ave, Turrell, AR

Minimum/Maximum Levels for safe paddling

Controlled water level. Can be paddled at any time with the possible exception of extreme drought

Put-Ins, Take Outs

The canoe launch is over the bridge behind the Interpretive Center: GPS 35.366387, -90.252012.  There is also a launch for fishing boats on trailers nearby.

Places to Stop, Camp and Services

None noted.

Highlights of the Paddle

There is a sizable stand of cypress to explore and lilies in the open areas. 

Potential Danger Spots

None noted.  Fishermen in power boats are often present but have not been a problem in the past.  

Places to Camp In the Area

None noted.  

Medical Facilities

None noted.  Check with the office.

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