White Rock Wildlife Management Area
The 280,000 acre White Rock WMA lies within the proclamation boundary of the main division of the Ozark National Forest. The area is situated in the heart of the rugged Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas. The WMA is extensively forested with upland hardwoods occurring primarily on northern and eastern aspects and shortleaf pine and pine/hardwood mixtures on the southern and western exposures. Deep hollows and steep benched ridges best describe the terrain. The Mulberry River, a popular canoeing, kayaking and fishing stream runs through the southern part of the area. The area is very rugged with deep hollows, steep benched ridges and precipitous bluffs. The area has 4 major lakes; Shores Lake, Horsehead Lake, Lake Ft Smith and Lake Shepherd Springs.

The area provides fair to good public hunting and trapping opportunities during most years for squirrels, deer, wild turkeys, black bear and furbearers. Hunters should expect to observe fairly dramatic increases or decreases in squirrel and wild turkey numbers from year to year as well as changes in habitat preference by deer and black bears. Dependence on fickle mast crops for winter food sources often results in cyclic fluctuations in reproduction and survival for some species and shifts in habitat use by others when mast is scarce.

Fishing opportunities are numerous in Lakes Ft. Smith, Shepherd Springs, Horsehead Lake, Shores Lake and the Mulberry River and its many tributaries. Canoeing on the Mulberry River and hiking the Ozark Highlands Trail are also very popular outdoor activities. Driving through the area observing the abundant wildlife and viewing wildflowers in the spring and the fall colors in autumn can be breathtaking.

There are several developed camping, picnic and swimming areas scattered throughout the WMA. Developed camping and picnic areas are located at Shores Lake, Horsehead Lake, Wolf Pen, Redding, White Rock Mountain and Turner Bend. 

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