St. Francis National Forest
The St. Francis National Forest, located on the east central edge of the state, derives its name from the St. Francis River. Most of the Forest is situated on Crowley's Ridge, but some is in the low, flat lands along the Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers. The St. Francis National Forest is the only place in the National Forest System where the public can experience the awesome grandeur of the "Father of Waters," the mighty Misssissippi River, from the shoreline.

The forest covers over 20,000 acres and has a variety of the finest bottom-land hardwoods in the country. The St. Francis provides ideal habitat for a large variety of wildlife including whitetail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit and waterfowl. Storm Creek and Bear Creek Lakes, along with the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers, attract large numbers of anglers to the area. Popular game fish include: striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and bream.

Bear Creek Lake is a favorite for recreation visitors seeking outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and camping. This 625-acre lake is rated as one of the best fishing lakes in Arkansas and has five developed recreation sites located near the shoreline.

A variety of special-use permits are in effect on the St. Francis including pasture haycutting, cultivation, grazing, and cabin sites around Bear Creek Lake.

There are many landowners within the National Forest boundary. These include Arkansas State lands, utility lands and timber producers, as well as individual landowners. Some landowners prohibit certain activities or require permission before you enter their property. Please respect the rights of these private individuals by not trespassing. Maps and information on ownership may be obtained from the Forest Service or local town offices.

Contact St. Francis National Forest

605 West Main
Russellville, Arkansas  72801
Phone:  (479) 964-7200


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