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Events at Lake Dardanelle in March

Events at Lake Dardanelle in March

Lake Cruise –Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat.  Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise.  There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited.  You must register for the tour. Call 479-967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.  (Weather permitting)

Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests to begin prescribed burns

Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests to begin prescribed burns

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (USFS) — The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns in Arkansas and Oklahoma for the next several months.

 The purposes of these burns are to reestablish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.  Prescribed burns are conducted when the conditions indicate that there will be minimal impact to the public.

Persons with smoke sensitivities who are not on the Forest Service’s prescribed burns notification list should contact their nearest ranger district to be added.

Many conditions must be met before a prescribed fire can be ignited.  The day chosen must be a combination of the correct humidity, wind speed and direction, temperature, fuel moisture, and atmospheric conditions.  Factoring in all these requirements limits the number of days in which a prescribed fire can take place.

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for February

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for February

Eagle Tours – Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle.  Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American White Pelicans, ducks, and Snow Geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for our tours we will be taking reservations this year.  You will need to call the visitor center at 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat.  We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility.  Also, in case of inclement weather, call 1 hour before tour time for possible cancellations.

Saturday, February 1st

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests caves remain closed to protect bats in the Natural State

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests caves remain closed to protect bats in the Natural State

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (USDA) — Since 2009, employees in Arkansas’ national forests and other conservation leaders have taken precautions and necessary measures in an effort to prevent the arrival of the deadly White Nose Syndrome disease into the state.  This deadly disease could be a pre-cursor to an increase in a variety of pests, including mosquitos.  It affects bats...and it’s marching toward Arkansas.

In May 2009, the regional forester for the Southern Region issued a closure order for all caves and mines on National Forest system lands unless there are official Forest Service signs listing them as opened.

“This closure is solely to prevent the spread of this disease by human means, “said Steve Duzan, the Environmental Coordinator for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.  “We’re not sure of all the ways it can be spread, but if we do our part, hopefully scientists could find the cure before it’s too late for our bats.”

Events at Lake Dardanelle for the month of January

Events at Lake Dardanelle for the month of January

Tuesdays & Saturdays at 1:30p.m. – What’s for Lunch? –We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff in the visitor center as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, what’s for lunch?

Saturdays at 1:45p.m. – Critter Crunch – Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats provide homes for many creatures large and small. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the visitor center as she tells you about some of the smaller creatures. She will also be feeding these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.

Trout Day rescheduled for Jan. 11

Trout Day rescheduled for Jan. 11

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (City of Russellville) - Trout Day has been rescheduled for January 11. 

The event hosted by the CADDIS Fly Fishing Club, the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Pleasant View Park.