Lake Dardanelle State Park Plans Memorial Day Weekend Events

There’s always LOTS to do at Lake Dardanelle State Park at Russellville, especially on Memorial Day Weekend!  Make this fun park a part of your weekend celebration!

Friday, May 24th

7:30p.m. – Hidden Creatures – We humans wear camouflage on a daily basis to blend in while hunting, and sometimes just for style. But, animals have to use camouflage to survive in the wild. Meet a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground area to see some pictures of these animals doing what they do best, blending in with nature, and see if you can spot all the hidden creatures in the pictures!

Saturday, May 25th

10a.m. – River Valley Butterflies – Join author Lori Spencer in the classroom for a colorful look at butterflies, moths, and the plants they need for survival. Discover the butterflies most commonly seen in the River Valley, such as great spangled fritillaries, silvery checkerspots, black swallowtails, and much more. A book signing follows this program.

11a.m. – Wildlife Hike – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Meadowbrook Trail is home to many of these creatures. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover what animals call this area home. Then we will head down the trail to see how many creatures you can see or what traces of them we can find.

12:30p.m. – Fish Prints – Lake Dardanelle’s fishery is healthy and diverse. We’ll be using the fishery as inspiration to make some beautiful creations. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to create some fishy art.

2p.m. – Who goes there? – There are many creatures that call Lake Dardanelle home. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to discover who they are and what clues they leave behind as they move about. After looking through the clues we will head down the trail and see if we discover any new clues and find out, who goes there?

3p.m. – Crawdad Craze– These creatures may be small but they play a big role in the ecosystem. Join a park interpreter at the kayak beach on the south side of the visitor center and learn how these little guys contribute to the diversity and health of the fishery of Lake Dardanelle.

5p.m. –“Little Brother” – Have you ever thought about how people survived before there were stores to buy what they needed? Come to the amphitheater to learn about how the Cherokee used parts of a deer to get what they needed to survive.

9p.m. – Night Vision – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Many of those creatures come out only at night. Explore the night life here at Lake Dardanelle. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover some of the tricks nocturnal inhabitants of the park use to get around at night.

Sunday, May 26th

9a.m. – Grab Bag Adventures – The diverse habitats around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities for discovery and exploration. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to find out what is in her magic bag! We’ll play a little game to let you touch and feel your way around. Hints will be given, but you’ll be testing your sense of wildlife!

11p.m. – Pioneer Play –You will discover what pioneer kids did to pass the time while the exploration and progress of their parents forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn some games.

2p.m. – Camping Cuisine – Food never tastes as good as it does while you’re camping. Join the Park Interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center for some tips on cooking in a Dutch oven and a tasty campfire dessert.

3p.m.–Squirrels Gone Nut – How squirrels prepare for winter is but one fascinating trait for these small creatures. We will discuss how squirrels gather and store food for the long, cold, winter months. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center.

4:30p.m. – Great American Camper Quiz – Meet a park interpreter to see how in tune you are with the natural world. We’ll be testing your skills about furs, tracks, and some mystery items! Bring your whole family to the amphitheater, and see how much you know!

8p.m. – Evening Kayak Tour –As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates numerous opportunities for people to enjoy from fishing to kayaking. We’ll be paddling our kayaks through some seldom closely seen shoreline of this beautiful 34,000 acre lake. Sign up at the visitor center (479-967-5516) at least one day in advance. The fee is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 years old, 5 years and under ride free when with an adult. Please specify when you sign up if you want a tandem (2 person) or solo kayak. We will meet at the front door of the Visitor Center.

Monday, May 27th Memorial Day

10a.m. – Wildlife Hike – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Meadowbrook Trail is home to many of these creatures. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover what animals call this area home. Then head down the trail to see how many creatures you can see or what traces of them we can find.

11a.m. – All Tied Up! – By learning basic knot tying skills, you can learn to set up your campsite quickly and efficiently. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn how to tie a few basic knots that will come in handy on any outdoor adventure.

1p.m. – Fashion a Fish – Learn about the wide variety of shapes and sizes of fish the live in Lake Dardanelle, due to its health and diversity. After you discover the reasons for their shapes you can create a fish of your own. Join a park interpreter in the classroom for some fishy fun.

2p.m. – Transformers – Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to many creatures. Tadpoles and polliwogs transform into insect-eating machines throughout Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to explore these transformers and create an origami transformer yourself.

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For more information about Lake Dardanelle State Park, call them at (479) 890-7477.