spots around the state to rent them from or you could even try a guided trip. Speaking of, one outfitter in Hot Springs is now offering guided kayaking/camping trips on Lake Ouachita. The outfit offers the trips in the spring, May-July, and in the fall, September-November. “We have some set trip dates for people to just sign up or parties of 4 can sign up for a private
trip and pick their own date,” said Kristal Mackey of Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters. Mackay said the guides take care of everything from the equipment to setting up the tents to cooking the food ( which includes dutch oven meals).
Participants meet at Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters (112 Blackhawk Lane) and go through an orientation. “Then we drive them to Lake Ouachita, put in on the lake, and show them around, “ said Mackey. “Our guides not only teach them correct paddling technique and entertain them withinteresting facts about Lake Ouachita, they will also cook, set up and take down gear, build campfires, and do whatever it takes for the participants to have an enjoyable overnight camping experience on the lake.” For more details, visit www.ouachitaoutdoors.com or call 501-767-1373. Of note, due to the recent storms of late, be on the lookout for flooding conditions. As always, be safe out there and be sure to be aware of water levels and to stay updated on weather conditions.