Take a Winter Lake Cruise

Winter lake cruises are great for bird watching. While you still need to bundle up because it’s always colder on the lake, this mild winter weather makes boating on the lake even more appealing. Both Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville and Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg have cruises scheduled.

Upcoming dates for trips at Lake Dardanelle State Park are Feb. 18, 22, 25, 26, and 29. In addition to the American bald eagle, many other spectacular birds can be spotted, including American white pelicans, ducks, and snow geese. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for tours, the park is taking reservations this year. Call the visitor center at 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat. Boarding begins 15 minutes before the tour at the boat dock near the fishing tournament weigh-in facility. Also, in case of inclement weather, call one hour before tour time for possible cancellations.

Lake Fort Smith State Park offers a Bald Eagle Boat Tour on Feb. 25. Be ready to explore the sky and shoreline for sightings of eagles and other feathered friends while cruising along the shores of Lake Fort Smith. Reservations are suggested and can be made at the visitor center or by calling 479- 369- 2469. In case of inclement weather, call for possible cancellation. Tours depart from the park marina and cost $11 for adults, and $6 for ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 are free. 

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