Bird Island is an island of Bald Cypress in the middle of Lake Ouachita. It is 1,260 feet long, and about 100 feet at its widest point. Much of the land beneath or between the trees may be submerged when the water level is up. The island is about 0.5 miles from its closest neighboring island, and approximately a mile from the nearest main land shoreline. The nearest boat launch sites are Brady Mountain Use Area and Buckville Use Area.

Conservation Issues

Birds roosting on the island have been disturbed by boaters using fog horns and floodlights. Visitors have left trash behind.


Bird Island sits in Lake Ouachita. Lake Ouachita is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and managed by the Vicksburg District Corp of Engineers Lake Ouachita Field Office in Royal, AR.


Most of the island is covered by Bald Cypress. A small portion is open sandbar with small shrubs.

Land Use

The island itself is currently not in use, except for occasional visits by boaters and the Mountain Pine EAST Lab studying the martins. Restricted access to the island during roosting is desirable. Lake Ouachita is a popular site for boating, scuba diving, fishing and swimming. Around the lake are campgrounds, concessions with marinas, motels, restaurants, and horseback riding trails.

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