Lake Cruises

Every year, thousands of Natural State visitors flock to the pristine lakes and rivers of Arkansas. Boating, fishing, scenic beauty and endless recreation make for some of the best lake vacations and river getaways in America.

Launch your boats on Lake Norfork on July 30 and enjoy a fun day on the water for the Lake Norfork Boat Poker Run. During the event, you cruise seven “ports of call” collecting one playing card at each stop to obtain a poker hand. Grand prizes for the top three hands are awarded at …
Looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Central Arkansas’s state parks have got you covered! A gift from the heart is doubly meaningful when it’s also from the hands, and with two workshops on Saturday, May 7th, you can create a very special gift for your very special mom. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but in the South, …
Armchair tourists and fans of the Emmy-winning PBS travel series “Equitrekking” are in for a treat, because that show’s host, Darley Newman, has a new show debuting next Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. on AETN. “Travels with Darley” will be similar to “Equitrekking” in that Newman will take viewers across the globe, but the …
If you’re looking for a great alternative to Black Friday, turn to Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers. Skip the long lines in crowded malls and enjoy the true value of natural areas and recreational activities. You could even start a new family tradition of enjoying Green Friday at an Arkansas State Park, where the …
Every Thursday at 6 p.m., a group gets together at Take It Easy Resort on Lake Norfork near Mountain Home to cruise the lake on Stand-up Paddleboards (SUP), and then enjoy wine, snacks, and great conversation on the dock. The event is offered by Kathleen and Jeff Ireland, who moved from Hawaii, where SUP is …
Roses and chocolates seem to epitomize the Valentine’s Day celebration, but there are plenty of other ways to show your significant other that you care. Arkansas State Parks offer some wonderful ways to celebrate. Visit historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend during Hikes, Hearts and Hugs set …
You and your family will be able to get up close and personal with some of our feathered friends during Pinnacle Mountain State Park’s Birds of Prey program. From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., licensed wildlife rehabilitator Rodney Paul will explain how injured birds are taken care of and, if possible, released back into the …
Petit Jean State Park Join park interpreters at Petit Jean Jan. 10-11 for two days devoted to our national symbol, the bald eagle. A variety of programs are planned, including field trips to nearby Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge to look for wintering eagles and other birds. The program is free. The park is located …
If you are looking for something different to do for Valentine’s Day, surprise your significant other with a Sweethearts Weekend at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers. Spend the day together in nature on Feb. 15 or 16. You’ll take an eagle watch cruise guided by a park interpreter on beautiful Beaver Lake. The boat …
Several Arkansas State Parks in eastern Arkansas are “going to the birds” this month! From bird watching to birding tours to learning to lure birds to your backyard, you’ll find a great variety of events and workshops focused on learning more about our feathered friends. Cane Creek State Park in Star City offers a Bayou …