Wells Lake is a twelve acre man-made lake. It was built in the 1940s. Its purpose was to collect water needed during the construction of Fort Chaffee. This type of lake is called an impoundment.
Visitors of all ages are welcome to fish in Wells Lake. Even novices can enjoy this sport. Give it a try! Poles and tackle boxes are available as loaners. You will need to supply the bait.
Remember, if you are 16 or older, you need a fishing license to fish at Wells Lake and in all Arkansas waters. You can purchase one here at the nature center.
The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center offers more than four miles of trails, two of which meet Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.
Don’t forget your binoculars and camera –you might see raccoons, beavers or even deer. The fishing piers around Wells Lake makes for some exciting angling. Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of wildlife. More than 140 species of birds have been spotted on these trails.
You may notice some areas on the trails that are affected by prescribed burning. Why do we burn? It stimulates native plants, improves wildlife habitat, controls tree diseases, and reduces fuel on the ground and unplanned fires.