Wapanocca - Flat Water Paddling
Beautiful wetland refuge in the Delta of the Mississippi River in Arkansas. Quality paddling, fishing, and wildlife viewing on a scenic 600 acre lake within a 30 minute drive of Memphis, TN.
Time and distance is dependent on how far the paddler wants to go. Sticking to the out and back paddling trail keeps you within the baldcypress forest and is about 2 miles total. Venture further south beyond the smaller open lake area out through the tall grass and you are rewarded with panoramic views of the large open lake. This lake is plenty large enough to paddle for exercise. Conversely, you can take it easy and explore the lake edges, full of duckweed covered waters, baldcypress forests, and large lily pads.
Destination Distance From Downtown
There is no current in the 600 acre lake, but there is great beauty. Be mindful that there is very little dry land if you need to exit the boat.
Time To Complete
Spring, Summer, and Fall
All boats (motorized and non-motorized) are prohibited from November 1 thru February 28 to respect the immense number of migratory waterfowl that occupy the lake. Go on an abnormally cool summer day, or a pleasant fall or spring day, as the paddling in the large open lake offers no protection to the sun and humidity.
On Leash Only
There are not many opportunities to hike in this refuge. There is a lookout area overlooking the lake (facing west), which affords great sunset views and lookout binoculars for wildlife viewing.
No fees; however, do not paddle between November 1 and February 28.