Byrd Lake Natural Area

Byrd Lake, Jefferson County, is an oxbow lake that still interacts with its parent stream, Bayou Bartholomew, in times of high water. The natural area is representative of the natural boundary between the Coastal Plain and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Bald cypress trees surround the lake, while adjoining lands support plant communities that respond to fluctuating water levels and rich alluvial soils. The higher slopes of the north bank of Byrd Lake are well drained and support a contrasting mixed pine-hardwood forest. A paved foot-trail provides visitors with access to the site. Due to its location within the City of Pine Bluff, development of nearby private land has the potential to impact the ecological integrity of the natural area.

Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

From Interstate 530 in Pine Bluff, take exit 43. Travel north on Olive Street approximately 0.5 mile to Main Street and turn right. Travel 0.2 mile to 52nd Street and turn right. Travel east on 52nd Street 0.2 mile to the parking lot on the right.

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