New Watchable Wildlife Loop Added to Lake Ouachita Vista Trail


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A new 1.25 loop has been added to the popular and ever expanding Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT). This portion of the LOViT trail ( called the Watchable Wildlife route) is designed to bring all users, including those physically challenged, closer to nature. The entire trail segment is a level paved area with benches and an ADA elevated walkway allowing users to access a wild wetland area at the south end of the Denby Bay area. The trail circles a large open field, follows along the bank of Gap Creek as it flows into the bay, and then ducks beneath the towering canopy of a densely wooded area changing from woods to marsh and then open water. An elevated walkway, about .25 miles long, also connects to a bridge over Gap Creek. Visitors cross the bridge to the .5 mile Gap Creek spur which terminates at the old 270 bridge and a small parking area.

During the winter months visitors are able to walk among hundreds of Coots, Pin Tail Ducks, Loons, Wood Ducks and on a good day even observe Bald Eagles fishing or harvesting Coots for lunch.
The LOViT Traildogs and the Montgomery County Master Gardeners are planning guided interpretive hikes along this section of the trail. This trail is at the edge Lake Ouachita, near the Denby Bay Trailhead. For more information on this and other sections of the LOViT visit
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