Here is an interesting event to mark on the calendar: Ecore de Fabre: An American Colonial & Early North America Event is April 7-8 at White Oak Lake State Park in Bluff City. In 1783, a French trader named Fabre settled on a bluff above the Ouachita River and called the settlement “Ecore Fabre,” which is the present city of Camden. In honor of the French trapping days, the park is hosting this event. Reenactors are scheduled to demonstrate the presence of the French trappers in this part of Arkansas during the 1780s. There will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving, cooking, candle making, rope making, musket shooting, clothing making, river trading, fire starting, tomahawk throwing, and a battle demonstration.
Adjacent to Poison Spring State Forest, White Oak Lake State Park lies on the shore of White Oak Lake, 2,765 timber-filled acres for bass, crappie, catfish, and bream fishing. Rich in wildlife, the park offers regular sightings of great blue herons, egrets, osprey, green herons, and in winter, bald eagles.
The park also has important ties to Arkansas history. The evening before the battle of Poison Spring, the Union Forces camped on White Oak Creek near where the state park is located today. The park is the interpretation gateway to Poison Spring and the Southern arm of the Red River Campaign, the Union Army’s 1864 incursion into Southwest Arkansas. To get to the park, from I-30 at Prescott travel 20 miles east on Ark. 24, then go 100 yards south on Ark. 299, then go two miles southeast on Ark. 387. Camden is around 20 miles away to the southeast.
For more information visit www.arkansasstateparks.com or call 870-685-2748.