As folks start to make travel plans for Memorial Day, I thought I’d update everyone on a few areas in light of the past storms that had affected some areas of the state.
Below are a few quotes and bits of information from colleagues in the
field. Conditions can change pretty quickly (as all who know Arkansas weather
can attest to) so as always check for updated road and weather information
before hitting the road. Enjoy!
are closed until further notice.
Actually Lake Ouachita [the largest lake in the state] is in wonderful shape compared with where we were a month ago. Entering the season with extremely low water is both aesthetically not very nice but is also a little dangerous with so many
islands at the surface, etc. So – with that said – the lake is beautiful; has started down very gradually; and should be wonderful for Memorial Day weekend. There was some debris that washed in during the rains but most of that has blown to shore. Access to storage docks at all the marinas is a little less convenient. Numerous walkways are under water, but as far as I know everyone (I know we are) is providing shuttle service to all of their boats. Fishing is very good with lots of fish in shallow water. I saw some nice ones come in over the last week – both bass and stripers. All of our facilities are open and all of the foliage, flowerbeds, and the forest is fresh and green. I washed my dogs for the first time on the launching ramp a couple of days ago. The water isn’t bad. I wouldn’t go swimming voluntarily yet, but by Memorial Day it should be great. Some launching ramps around the lake are closed. Folks should talk to the Corps or to the resort they are headed to,
but again, everyone has made provisions. The LOVit Trail is fine. A few trees down, but nothing that would affect a beautiful
hike. To recap, everything at Mountain Harbor is open, and we are full of smiling faces awaiting customers.
“Almost all of the recreation areas are back in service after recent flood events,” said Alett Little, Acting Public Affairs Team Leader for the Ouachita and Ozark/St. Francis National Forests. “Both Charlton Recreation Area and Albert Pike Recreation Area remain closed, however. It is always best for thetraveling public to check in with Ranger Districts prior to planning trips.”
for day trips.
for Memorial Day. The River Corridor Trail is finished and it’s a great trail
and enjoyable to walk, especially with the weather we have right now.” Of
note, as always, if are planning a canoeing or kayaking trip on the river,
check river levels/gauges before you go.