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All Arkansas Corps Lakes’ Facilities Re-opened

All Arkansas Corps Lakes’ Facilities Re-opened

Vicksburg, Miss –The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announces the re-opening of all Arkansas Corps lakes’ facilities.  These facilities were closed due to high water levels. This includes all campgrounds, boat ramps, recreational areas, and swim areas at DeGray Lake, Lake Greeson, and Lake Ouachita.

Although these facilities are now re-opened, boaters still need to use caution when boating and to always watch for debris washed into the lake from the recent heavy rains in the watershed area and let others know where you will be boating.  Always wear your lifejacket and keep the boat's "kill switch" attached at all times while underway. Swimmers are also reminded to wear a lifejacket and never swim alone. 

For more information, please contact the Arkansas lake offices at 501-767-2101.

Become a 'Nature Detective'

Become a 'Nature Detective'

Do you enjoy kayaking, fishing, hiking, and other fun outdoor activities? Come out to Lake Dardanelle State Park to experience some fun outdoor adventures! A mystery waits in a park full of clues! Collect clues and solve mysteries at Lake Dardanelle State Park's Nature Detective Day Camp.

 The "Nature Detective" Day Camp times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday June 12th through Friday June 14th. Kid ages 8-12 are invited to join us for the "Nature Detective" camp. The camp includes activities, crafts, programs, and much more. The campers will meet at visitor center for each day of the camp. Lunch, snacks, and all materials will be included in the $65 registeration fee.

Hiking Stick Workshop

Hiking Stick Workshop

Kick off the summer season with an outdoor hiking adventure in Arkansas State Parks! What better way to embark on your next hiking adventure after creating your own hiking stick at Lake Dardanelle State Park on June 1, 2013. Hiking Sticks make hiking more fun. They let your arms get into the act, so you cover ground more easily and they help you keep your balance.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center Classroom with the selection of the "perfect" stick. Throughout the morning you will be shaving, carving, and decorating with a wide variety of embellishments: beads, wood burners, paint and feathers. We will then hike Lake Dardanelle State Park's Meadowbrook Trail where you will earn your first hiking stick medallion. We will also be celebrating National Trails Day as we venture on the Meadowbrook Trail.

What's happening at Lake Dardanelle

What's happening at Lake Dardanelle

 

Friday, May 17th

7p.m.–Fireside Stories – Telling stories is a centuries old tradition created for pleasure, as well as to pass down the history and oral traditions of an area or group of people. Meet a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground area to hear some stories, share some stories, and enjoy the fire light. Bring something to sit on.

 

Saturday, May 18th National Kids to Park Day

10 a.m. – Birding Basics – Bird watching is a hobby for all ages. To get started you only need the 3 B’s: Binoculars, a Bird book, and Birds. Lake Dardanelle has plenty of birds, so come out and meet a park interpreter at the Visitor Center front desk and learn just how easy bird watching can be.

 

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

What's happening at Lake Dardanelle

What's happening at Lake Dardanelle

Lake Dardanelle State Park May 2013

 

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.

 

 

Friday, May 3rd

Lake Dardanelle State Park April 2013

Lake Dardanelle State Park April 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd

1:30pm – 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?

 

Friday, April 5th

7p.m. – Game Scene Investigation: G.S.I.  – When you walk around in nature and you see a track, do you take the track at face value as just a foot print, or do you look around to see what the big picture holds? Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and see what you can determine about the game scene in the area.

 

Saturday, April 6th