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Flood Prone Zones
Flood Prone Zones

Current gauge readings and flood prone region closures are available by calling AGFC toll-free at 800-440-1477. Readings are updated by 3 p.m. daily.

 

  • Closure of flood prone regions is determined by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel using gauges at each location every day by 3 p.m. When an area is determined to be closed, that determination is valid for 24 hours from the date noted. However, it will reopen immediately upon the designated gauge reading reaching the target opening level. Example: If a region is marked closed on Monday at 3 p.m., it does not officially close to deer hunting  until Tuesday at 3 p.m. It reopens as soon as the gauge reading reaches the opening level. 
  • These reports do not include National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) reports. For information on closures of National Wildlife Refuges, please contact the NWR office or refer to NWR regulations for more information.

NWR Contact Numbers

Bald Knob NWR  501-724-2458 or 870-347-2614
Big Lake NWR  870-564-2429
Cache River NWR  870-347-2614
Dale Bumpers White River NWR  870-282-8200
Felsenthal NWR  870-364-3167
Holla Bend NWR  479-229-4300
Overflow NWR  870-473-2869
Pond Creek NWR  870-289-2126
Wapanocca NWR  870-343-2595


Title Area Reason Status
Big Lake WMA Includes Big Lake WMA. Closes to deer hunting when the water level at the Seven Mile Access gauge exceeds 236 msl. Open
Black River Flood Prone Region Includes Dave Donaldson Black River WMA. Closes to deer hunting when the Black River gauge at Corning exceeds 11 feet and reopens when it falls below 9.5 feet. Note: This region now extends to the Arkansas/Missouri state line. Open
Flood Prone Region A Includes Brushy Creek, Earl Buss Bayou DeView and Whitehall WMAs. Closes to deer hunting when the Cache River gauge at Patterson reaches 12 feet. This restriction is lifted when the Cache River gauge at Patterson falls to or below 11 feet.   Open
Flood Prone Region B Includes Bayou Des Arc, Departee Creek and Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMAs. Closes to deer hunting when the White River gauge at Augusta reaches 31 feet. This restriction is lifted when the gauge at Augusta falls below 30 feet and the White River gauge at Georgetown falls to or below 19 feet. Note: Bald Knob NWR and the portions of Cache River NWR lying in this zone are closed to deer hunting when this zone is closed. Open
Flood Prone Region C   Closes to deer hunting when the Cache River gauge at Patterson reaches 11 feet. This restriction is lifted when the gauge falls to or below 9.5 feet. Note: The portions of Cache River NWR lying in this zone are closed to deer hunting when this zone is closed. Open
Flood Prone Region D Includes Mike Freeze Wattensaw, Benson Creek Natural Area and Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMAs. Closed to deer hunting when the White River gauge at Clarendon reaches 28 feet. This restriction is lifted when the gauge falls to or below 27 feet. Note: The portions of Cache River NWR lying in this zone are closed to deer hunting when this zone is closed. Open
Flood Prone Region E   Closes to deer hunting when the White River gauge at St. Charles reaches 26 feet. This restriction is lifted when the gauge falls to or below 23.5 feet. Note: The portions of Dale Bumpers White River NWR lying in this zone are closed to deer hunting when this zone is closed. Open
Flood Prone Region F Includes portions of Trusten Holder WMA Closes to deer hunting when the White River gauge at Graham Burke Outlet reaches 30 feet  and the gauge at Lock and Dam No. 1 (Norrel) on the Arkansas River reaches 145 feet MSL. This restriction is lifted when the White River gauge at Graham Burke Outlet falls to or below 28 feet and the gauge at Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Arkansas River falls to or below 143 feet MSL. Note: The portions of Dale Bumpers White River NWR lying in this zone are closed to deer hunting when this zone is closed. Open
Flood Prone Region G   Closes to deer hunting when the Mississippi River gauge at Helena reaches 44 feet. This restriction is lifted when the gauge falls to or below 42 feet. Open
Flood Prone Region H Includes portions of Trusten Holder WMA Closes to deer hunting when the Mississippi River gauge at Arkansas City reaches 37 feet. This restriction is lifted when the gauge falls to or below 35 feet. Open
Flood Prone Region I   Closes to deer hunting when the Mississippi River gauge at Greenville reaches 48 feet.  This restriction is lifted when the gauge falls to or below 46 feet. Open
Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area (East Unit)   Closes to deer hunting when the Mississippi River gauge at Arkansas City reaches 31 feet and remains closed until the gauge falls to or below 29 feet. Open
Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA Includes Henry Gray Hurricane Lake WMA.  Closes to deer hunting when the White River gauge at Augusta exceeds 26 feet and reopens when the White River gauge at Georgetown is below 14 feet. Open
Rex Hancock Black Swamp WMA Includes Rex Hancock Black Swamp WMA. Closes to deer hunting when the Cache River gauge at Patterson exceeds 10 feet and reopens when the gauge falls below 8.5 feet. Closed
Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Flood Prone Region Includes Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA Closes to deer hunting when the gauge at Black Rock on the Black River reaches 23 feet and reopens when the gauge falls below 19 feet. Open
St. Francis River Flood Prone Region Includes St. Francis River Sunken Lands WMA. Closes to deer hunting when the St. Francis River gauge at Oak Donnick reaches 216 msl and reopens when it falls below 215 msl. Open