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About Us

Popa Duck Lodge is located in St. Charles, Arkansas, on the White River, and is owned and operated by Dean & Tawana Watson. The White River National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect habitat for Mallard ducks and Canada geese. It has long been known to provide wintering waterfowl habitat. Arriving in early autumn and usually peaking in late December, Mallards, Gadwalls, American Widgeon, and Green Wing Teal, and Pintails find their way along the highway in the sky... the Mississippi Flyway. Up to 350,000 birds will winter in these flooded bottomland forests. Here at Popa Duck Lodge, we want you to be able to enjoy the beauty and hunting opportunities of Southeast Arkansas and the White River in a relaxing atmosphere.

With 14,000 square feet and 35 queen-sized beds, we offer comfortable accommodations, outstanding home cooked meals, and just good ‘ole Southern hospitality for individuals, families, large or small groups, or corporations (up to 35 people) seeking some of the finest quality duck hunting opportunities of the South

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History

The lodge was established in 1997 by Tommy & Mary Lou Cunningham. Tommy, a retired federal game warden, and Mary Lou, a retired bank teller, who love to hunt and fish, wanted to be able to provide a way to share their love and knowledge of the outdoors to others. They have since made Popa Duck Lodge a “home away from home” for many visitors from around the country as well as several local residents.

Dean Watson, three-time champion duck caller and operator of Double W Duck Guides, has provided guided hunts for the Cunningham’s since establishment of the lodge. Dean grew up in St. Charles, and as a young “farm boy,’ he also developed a love for the outdoors, specifically duck hunting. This love began in his younger years when he began taking duck-calling lessons from Butch Richenback, founder of the Rich-N-Tone duck calls, and has since evolved into a passion that he too enjoys being able to share with others.

In January 2006, after operating the lodge for 9 years, Tommy and Mary Lou decided to retire to be able to spend more time together enjoying the outdoors and offered Dean the opportunity to carry on the Popa Duck tradition and the love of the outdoors.





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