Back to Nature: Lumberjacks, Boat Tours and Fishing

My Tuesday blogs are dedicated to experiencing the great outdoors. I feature anything from events to Natural State destinations worth seeing. Join me each week to get back to nature.

Jill M. Rohrbach

The outdoor opportunities coming up this month in the Ozarks and River Valley are pretty diverse, encompassing lumberjack events, a boat tour, and fly fishing school.

The 11th annual Ozark Deaf Timberfest hosted by the Little Rock Association of the Deaf, Inc. takes place Aug. 13-14 in Ozark. The event is action-packed lumberjack games and competitions for the whole family. It’s held at Byrds Adventure Center.  Visit or call 479-667-4066 for additional information.

Gaston’s Resort Fly Fishing School on Aug. 14-15 in Lakeview begins with three hours of one-on-one classroom instruction. Subjects include the art and history of fly-fishing, equipment and the uses of different types of equipment and the basics of fly-fishing. The afternoon will be spent with personal instruction on how to use your fly rod. The second day is spent fly-fishing for trout on the White River with an instructor. The cost of the class is $205. Visit or phone 870-431-5202 for registration and details.

Take a Full Moon Boat Tour at Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg on Aug. 24. A park interpreter will also be aboard the cruise along Frog Bayou. Reservations are suggested and will be taken at the park marina at 479-369-1018. This is a weather dependent event and may be cancelled. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 6-12.

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