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Map of Felsenthal NWR Water Trail. Click for downloadable georeferenced map compatible with Avenza smartphone app.Trail sign map showing trial. Click the image to download a geo-referenced map compatible with Avenza smartphone app.

Water Trail Length
The trails have no markers. Download the geo-referenced map to follow trail routes.
Deep Slough Trail - 1 mile
Deep Slough to Shallow Lake Trail - 3.6 miles
Grand Marais Trail -3.7 miles

Float Time
Expect to travel 1-2 miles per hour, depending on water level and rate of paddling.

Felsental Lock and Dam Water Level

Click here to view the most recent gauge reading.

Safety
These trails cover flat water, although the current quickens as the Ouachita River rises. When the river level at Felsenthal Lock and Dam rises above 68 feet, expect flooding, strong current and debris. Check weather forecasts, wind advisories and river conditions before floating. Watch for powerboats.

Image of Water Lotus on Felsenthal

Fishing
Bluegill, redear and largemouth bass frequent cypress tree trunks, and lily and lotus pads. Flathead and channel catfish hang out in deep holes by day and prowl the shallows at night.

Hunting
Wear hunter orange during hunting seasons. Stick to main channels and avoid paddling during waterfowl season shooting hours. Check the Arkansas Hunting Guidebook and the Felsenthal NWR Public Use Regulations brochure for hunting dates and seasonal closures of the waterfowl sanctuary.

Camping
Camping is allowed in primitive, designated sites on the refuge. Crossett Harbor and Grand Marais recreation sites offer improved camping.

Barred Owl on Felsenthal. Photo courtesy Chris Newberry.

Don't Get a Ticket
According to Arkansas law, children 12 and under must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, and anyone on a boat must have one ready to use. Vessels 16 feet and longer must have a throwable life preserver (type IV) aboard. Glass containers are illegal in boats such as canoes that can be easily swamped. Paddlers must securely fasten cooler lids, use attached litter containers and use floating holders for beverages.

For Information About the Refuge

There are no entrance fees at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, but visitors do need a Refuge Access Permit, available at the refuge visitor center.

Visit Felsenthal NWR's website

County

Ashley, Union


Access

Grand Marais Access
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude/Longitude – 33.05852 N, 92.14463 W

Driving Directions:

  • From U.S. Highway 82, turn south on North Road (across highway from Jones Lake Access on Ouachita River sign). Travel 5.2 miles to stop sign at Dollar Junction Road.
  • Turn left and travel 2.3 miles to a stop sign.
  • Turn left on K Avenue and take the first left into the Grand Marais Campground and boat ramp.

Access

Deep Slough Access
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude/Longitude – 33.14752 N, 92.15811 W

Driving Directions:

  • From Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, travel 6 miles west on U.S. Highway 82.
  • Turn left into the parking area and boat ramp at the Deep Slough Access sign.

Access

Shallow Lake Access
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude/Longitude – 33.11402 N, 92.16047 W

Driving Directions:

  • From Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, travel 7.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 82.
  • Turn left at the Shallow Lake Access sign, bear left at 2.5 miles and continue 1.2 miles to the boat ramp.

Maps

Icon Felsenthal NWR Grand Marais Water Trail Sign.pdf (3.3 MB)

Icon Felsenthal NWR Shallow Lake Water Trail Sign.pdf (2.9 MB)

Icon Felsenthal NWR Water Trail Geo-referenced Map (3.4 MB)

Geo-referenced Map Instructions

iPhone Download Instructions

  1. Download the free Avenza Map app from the App Store on mobile device.
  2. Choose a trail and tap on the geo-referenced map.
  3. Tap on the map again and choose “Open in Avenza Maps” or choose “More” and tap on the Avenza Map icon.
  4. Map is saved in Avenza Map app.
  5. A blue dot marks your location on the map.
  6. The trail map uses the phone’s GPS. If cell reception is poor, put phone on airplane mode to conserve power.

Android Download Instructions

  1. Download the free Avenza Map app from the App Store on mobile device.
  2. Choose a trail and tap on the geo-referenced map.
  3. Tap on the three dots in the upper-right corner.
  4. Choose “Send File” and tap the Avenza Map icon.
  5. Map is saved in Avenza Map app.
  6. A blue dot marks your location on the map.
  7. The trail map uses the phone’s GPS. If cell reception is poor, put phone on airplane mode to conserve power.

Emergency Contacts 

Ashley County or Union County EMS
911

Ashley County Sheriff
870-853-2040

Union County Sheriff
870-864-1990

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge
870-364-3167

Stop Poaching Hotline
800-482-9262

Beaver image photo courtesy Chris Newberry

Water lilly on Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.