Lake Greeson Days at Daisy State Park

 

 

Lake Greeson Days has been set for June 22-23 at Daisy State
Park in Kirby. Assistant Park Superintendent Kristina Root just sent me a news release that
details what folks can do at the event.
 
As to a quick overview, the event has kayak tours, lake cruises, snorkeling tours, a sunset
cruise, a boater education course, the 23rd annual Kid’s Fishing Derby on
Saturday and other park-related programs throughout the weekend.

 

The park also hosts the trailhead for the Bear Creek Cycle Trail (hiking, mountain biking ( for experienced
riders), ATV riding) which gives further options for those looking for outdoor adventures.

 

Arkansas’s eighth state park, Daisy, is located on
7,000-acre Lake Greeson about 50 miles west of Arkadelphia. The lake makes the park a favorite of campers
seeking water sports and fishing. Nearby attractions such as the Little
Missouri River, the Ouachita National Forest and Crater of Diamonds State Park
make it a good base camp for other activities too. For more info, you can call the park at 870 398-4487. Here is also a peek at the Lake Greeson Days schedule sent by Root:

 

Friday, June 22

 

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Boater Education Class

 

Learn about Arkansas’s safe boating laws and practices in
this 6-hour class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986 and of legal age to
operate a motorboat must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a
motorboat on Arkansas water. The law includes operators of sailboats and
personal watercraft (jet skis). Topics include boat classification,
registration, life saving equipment, navigation aids, rules of the road,
maintenance, and more. After passing the test, you will receive your boater
education card. For more information and to reserve a seat, contact the park.
Meeting place: Interpretive Center

 

Admission: Free

 

 

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Sunset Lake Cruise

 

Take a leisurely cruise around scenic Lake Greeson, with
Park Interpreter Seth as your guide. Learn about the history of
the lake while
visiting points of interests such as Chimney Rock and Narrows Dam. Advance
registration is required at the visitor center. Meeting place: Area E Boat Ramp

 

Admission: $9 adults, $5 children

 

 

Saturday, June 23
 
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

23rd annual Children’s Fishing Derby

 

“Catch me if you can” said the fish. It’s time for the 23rd
annual Children’s Fishing Derby. Thanks to our many sponsors the cost is free
and there will be plenty of prizes, nature programs, and contests for the
biggest fish. Parents’ help is welcome, but the children 15 & under must do
the fishing. Bring your own bait and tackle. The Arkansas Game and Fish will also
have their 1500 gallon native fish tank for viewing and children can enter the
casting contest to test their fishing skills. Meeting place: Area E Boat
Launch. Admission: Free

 

 

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

 

Kayak Challenge

 

Kayaking is a great way to relax and enjoy the lake, but
today speed and skill is everything. Test your mettle as you race time and your
opponents through a small obstacle course. Children ages 9 and under must ride
tandem with an adult. Meeting place: Area E Boat Launch

 

Admission: $2 per challenge

 

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Kayak Koving

 

One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is to paddle a kayak
along the shoreline, exploring quiet coves. Flat water kayaks, paddles, and
lifejackets are provided, and no previous paddling experience is necessary. Be
prepared to paddle approximately 2 miles (1 ½ hours). Your guide demonstrates
the basics of kayaking and answers your nature questions along the way.
Participants must be 10 years old to paddle a boat solo. There is limited space
available for children age 9 and under to ride with an adult. Reservations are
required and are taken at the visitor center. Wear clothes and shoes that can
get wet! Meeting place: Area E Boat Ramp

 

Admission: $14 adults, $7 children ages 6-12

 

 

Sunday, June 24

 

 

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 

Scenic Lake Cruise

 

Take a leisurely cruise around scenic Lake Greeson with John
Gleba as your guide. Learn about the history of the lake while visiting points of interest such as Chimney Rock
and Narrows Dam. Advance registration is required at the visitor center.
Meeting place: Camp Area E Boat Ramp

 

Admission: $9 adults, $5 children

 

 

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

 

 

Underwater Adventure: Snorkeling

 

Need to cool off? Join Park Interpreter Seth for an
opportunity to view the underwater life at Lake Greeson. We’ll snorkel along
the shoreline, and see fish, rocks, plants and more. Masks and snorkels are
provided (you get to keep the snorkel), but feel free to bring your own
equipment if you have it. Space is limited; register in advance at the visitor
center. If you are under 18, you must have a parent signature before attending;
kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum snorkeling age is 8.
Life jackets are provided and are required for safety. Meeting place: Area E
Boat Launch

 

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children

 

 

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

 

Cane Pole Fishing

 

Take a step back in time at Daisy State Park by using a cane
pole to catch your dinner. The interpretive guide provides natural baits and
poles; you only need to bring a dose of patience and good luck! Meeting place:
Area E Boat Launch

 

Admission: Free
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