Harold E. Alexander WMA was purchased in 1976 with the primary goal of creating optimum habitat conditions for white tailed deer and turkey. It has now become the largest commission owned area in North Central Arkansas with 13,444 acres.
The area can be broken down into different segments:
- Topography - the area lies at the edge of the Ozark highlands. Topography ranges from gently rolling to hilly with narrow ridges and drainages. Elevation on the area range from 320 feet msl in the lower creek drainages to just over 800 feet msl on Buck Ridge in the southern portion of the area
- Vegetation - Upland hardwood forest is the predominant vegetative type on the area. This forest covers approximately 90 percent of the area and consists of various oak-hickory stands interspersed with eastern red cedar glades. The remainder of the area is comprised of openlands in the form of maintained field systems, small forest openings and utility and road right-of-ways.
- Water - The area has 3 creeks, Rock, Ott and Pierce Creeks, all of which flow into the Spring River. 1.6 miles of the eastern boundary is comprised of the Spring River. There is a usable boat access within this section that can be used throughout the year. The area has 78 ponds on it, ranging in size from 1/10 to 1 acre.
- Fields and Openings - there are 905 acres of old fields on the area. Within these fields are 84 food plots. In future plans more openings will be constructed in forest segments.
There are many recreational opportunities within the area including
hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and sightseeing. Bald Eagles can be observed during late
winter along Spring River.
The Rock Creek Natural Area is composed of 640 acres along the creek and some streams feeding into the creek. This natural area is in cooperation with the Heritage Commission. Along Rock Creek a ¼ mile natural trail has been constructed that goes from the road bridge on the county road up to Bubbling Springs. The area has 5 primitive camping areas scattered in the area. These areas are maintained by the commission and camping is only allowed in these areas. Each camping area has 10 - 15 sites. The camping area on the river is closed from October through April.
Harold E. Alexander Spring River Wildlife Management Area Toll Free:
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