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H Lake Water Trail
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Explore a 3.3-mile, wooded loop in Arkansas’s big woods.

Canoeing on H Lake

Wildlife and Habitat
Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge lies mostly in the floodplain of the White River, near its junction with the mighty Mississippi River. Fertile soils, productive forests and 300 lakes interspersed with streams, sloughs and bayous create a haven for native wildlife. Be on the lookout for an array of bird life – roseate spoonbills and wood storks during fall, mallards and other waterfowl in winter, and brightly colored songbirds such as the prothonotary warbler during spring. Mink, otter and beaver can be spotted foraging in H Lake. 

Know Before You Go
The trail has no markers. Download a geo-referenced map for mobile devices at agfc.com/watertrails. The trail map uses a smartphone’s GPS. A $20 Annual Pubic Use Permit is required to hunt, fish, launch boats and camp on the refuge (free for 15 and younger). Roads are closed Dec. 15-March 1 in the South Unit of the refuge. Get a permit and check water levels and road closures before visiting fws.gov/refuge/white_river.

Don’t Get A Ticket!
According to Arkansas law, children 12 and younger must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, and everyone on a boat must have one ready to use. Vessels 16 feet and longer must have a throwable life preserver aboard. Glass containers are illegal in canoes and kayaks. Paddlers must securely fasten cooler lids, use attached, closeable trash containers, and keep beverages in floating holders. 

Fishing
H Lake and many other small lakes in the refuge offer anglers opportunities to catch largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. Fishing is open on H Lake March 1-Nov. 30. Check Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fishing regulations

Hunting
H Lake is closed to waterfowl hunting. Check fws.gov/refuge/white_river for deer, turkey and small game hunting seasons, and wear hunter orange when appropriate. 

Camping
Primitive camping (no water, sewer or electricity) is allowed in the area designated by white paint next to H Lake March 1-Dec. 15. All sites are first-come, first-served. Pack out all trash. 

Canoeing among the cypress trees.

Champion Cypress Tree Trail
A 2.4-mile, out-and-back trail leads to the largest cypress tree in the state. The trailhead is on Refuge Road, 1.8 miles from the Smokehouse Hill entrance near Burnt Lake.  

Map of H Lake in Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge showing showing georeferenced trail.Map of the water trail showing trail. Download the georeferenced map to use the Avenza app.

County

Arkansas


Access

GPS Coordinates:  
Latitude/Longitude--
N 34.1702, W 91.1042 

Driving Directions 

  • From Ethel, AR and Hwy. 17, turn east on Ethel Road and travel 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Bisswanger Road and travel 1.5 miles.
  • Turn left on Refuge Road at the Smokehouse Hill entrance and travel 1 mile to the entrance to the White River National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Follow the signs for H Lake for 8 miles.

Cypress trees in the water


Maps

Georeferenced 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 

Arkansas County EMS
911

Arkansas County Sheriff’s Office
870-946-3161

Dale Bumpers White River NWR
870-282-8200

Stop Poaching Hotline
800-482-9262