Four things to do before the end of summer

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Plan a canoe trip down the Mighty Mississippi with Quapaw Canoe Company in historic Helena
Plan a canoe trip down the Mighty Mississippi with Quapaw Canoe Company in historic Helena

It may be August…but there’s still time to get out and enjoy the final days of summer before the kids go back to school. Check out these fun ideas to cool off with the family!

Crenshaw Springs Water Park in White Hall is a go-to in the Lower Delta for water fun. The park features two large flume slides, a lazy river, a toddler splash area and slide, a zero-depth entry area, diving boards and a rock-climbing wall, as well as a restaurant. From the Cottonmouth Curse and Diamondback Dive to the Squirrel’s Nest and Crenshaw Creek, there’s water fun for all ages. Check out their website at www.CrenshawSprings.com.

Kids of all ages will enjoy some "last-days-of-summer" fun at Crenshaw Springs Water Park
Kids of all ages will enjoy some "last-days-of-summer" fun at Crenshaw Springs Water Park

Another “splashtastic” water idea, especially for the younger crowd, is the Saracen Landing Splash Park in Pine Bluff. The facility is one of the most advanced splash parks in the state, featuring 78 programmable, high-flow jets and LED lighting. The park, open through Labor Day, features changing areas, vending machines and restrooms. There’s also the Saracen Landing All-Inclusive Playground, a thoughtfully designed playground providing a safe place where children of all abilities can play together. The play equipment is mostly sensory, offering  visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive experiences.

splash the day away at Saracen Landing Splash Park in Pine Bluff
splash the day away at Saracen Landing Splash Park in Pine Bluff
Saracen Landing Splash Park and the All-Inclusive Playground
Saracen Landing Splash Park and the All-Inclusive Playground

Now if you’re looking to get ON the water, there are plenty of options in the Lower Delta. A personal favorite is Lake Chicot. Lake Chicot in Lake Village has the honor of being Arkansas’s largest natural lake as well as the largest oxbow lake in North America. The waters cover over 5,000 acres and form a stunning C-shaped curve running almost 22 miles long and one mile wide. It’s perfect for kayaking, canoeing, boating, swimming…and, of course, fishing! You can rent fishing boats or kayaks at Lake Chicot State Park.

Lake Chicot is the perfect spot for water fun
Lake Chicot is the perfect spot for water fun

Or, for the ultimate water adventure, head to historic Helena and Quapaw Canoe Company for a guided tour of the lower Mississippi River. Paddlers can do a one-mile float upstream to Buck Island, or sign up for a guided float of a larger section of Old Man River. You can also rent kayaks and canoes (including all safety equipment and paddles) at the Helena location, for those who want to explore on their own. Check out www.island63.com/helena.cfm for all the details!

enjoy the natural beauty of the lower Mississippi River
enjoy the natural beauty of the lower Mississippi River