A new water trail at Arkansas Post in Gillett just opened as part of
the Arkansas Water Trails program. The project, initiated by the Arkansas Game
& Fish Commission (AGFC) was launched to create a system of water trails
throughout the state.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, paddling is one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the nation. And the state is prime territory for it. Arkansas has more than 9,000 miles of rivers, streams and bayous.
Heading the program is Kirsten Bartlow, the Watchable Wildlife Coordinator for AGFC. Bartlow dedicated the opening of the trail this weekend by leading a tour of the new 5-mile water trail.
also saw a huge beaver dam, great egrets, many many tiny frogs ( that would jump in the canoe and hitchhike a ride) and bald cypress, cottonwood, sycamore and persimmon trees. Other wildlife that make their home their include alligators but unfortunately we didn’t see one this venture out. ( Yes I want to see one! From a safe distance of course).
Of note, don’t enter the Arkansas River channel at the south end of the Arkansas Post National Memorial. The route is blocked off by rocks
for a reason. On our tour a huge barge passed by in the channel, which was a
picturesque sight to see from the water. (But again, best viewed from a safe
this water trail.