Birdwatching hotspot: Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge—located in southeastern Arkansas—was created in 1935 specifically to protect migratory birds, and birders can find countless species among the beautiful forests and lakes.
Dale Bumpers White River Refuge, hiking trails, Champion Cypress tree, largest tree in the state
Nature lovers have a lot to explore along the Mississippi River in Arkansas, like the White River National Wildlife Refuge (recently renamed the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge in honor of an Arkansas senator). The refuge occupies 160,000 acres of land and contains more than 300 lakes, and is a popular destination for birdwatching, hiking, and camping.
Oh the stories Dale Bumpers could tell. Ernest Dumas, who did an interview with the late former governor and senator for a University of Arkansas oral history project, excerpts some of that interview here.
Thirty-nine years ago today, Dale Bumpers — a political unknown — forces former Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus into a Democratic runoff. Bumpers will go on to defeat Faubus and then unseat GOP Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller in November.