Twenty miles west of the Mississippi River, the 11,038-acre Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1915 primarily as a migration habitat for ducks and geese using the Mississippi Flyway. Big Lake contains many islands standing barely above water level. The 6,500
Gained national attention when a 16 lb. 4-ounce largemouth bass was caught here, still a state record; boat ramps, wheelchair accessible fishing pier; crappie, catfish, bluegills and redear sunfish fishin.