Summer break is winding down, the kids will be headed back to school soon, so come out to Lake Charles State Park to enjoy the fun and the weather while you can. Lake Charles offers programing, hiking trails, fishing opportunities, wildlife viewing, self-guided kayak and canoe tours, swimming, and a Nature Center. If your family is looking to spend a few days, we offer camp sites, a Rental RV, and a Rental Yurt which can all be reserved in advance by calling the park office at (870) 878-6595.
Lake Charles State Park Program Schedule – August 1st – 11th , 2013
Friday, August 2nd
9a.m. – Kayak Tour – Join a park interpreter for a guided lake tour via kayak. We’ll tour the lake and see wildlife that lives near the water. It should last about 1.5 hours. Seating is limited so sign up at Visitor Center. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and under 6 is free when riding with an adult.
1:30p.m. – The Bear State – Join a park interpreter in the Nature Center to learn about Arkansas Black Bears, why we used to be the Bear State, and where you might find bears today.
Sunday, August 4th
8a.m. – Bird Watching Hike – Join a park interpreter for a hike along the White Oak Trail to do some bird watching, please bring along binoculars and bird guides if you have any, but they are not needed.
Thursday, August 1st to Sunday, August 4th
1p.m.-3p.m. – Nature Center – Come down to the Nature Center and see the 30+ species of native wildlife we have on display for the summer. A park interpreter will be on hand to answer any questions.
Friday, August 9th
9a.m. – Lake Cruise – Come along with a park interpreter on the Pontoon boat for a tour of the lake. It is an excellent wildlife viewing and birding opportunity. It should last about 1 hour and seating is limited so sign up as soon as possible. $7 for adults, $3.50 for kids 6-12, under 6 is free.
12:30p.m. – Catch & Feed – Join a park interpreter near the Nature Center to learn how to throw a cast net. We’ll try out this bait catching technique and then feed what we catch to the animals in the nature center.
Sunday, August 11th
8a.m. – Bird Watching Hike – Join a park interpreter for a hike along the Butterflies & Blooms Trail to do some bird watching, please bring along binoculars and bird guides if you have any, but they are not needed.
Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th
1p.m.-3p.m. – Nature Center – Come down to the Nature Center and see the wildlife we have on display for the summer. A park interpreter will be on hand to answer any questions.
Lake Charles State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The park offers camping, boat launch ramp, a standard pavilion, picnic sites, swim beach, nature center, playground, restrooms and 3 bathhouses on 645-acre Lake Charles. Along with the visitor center and gift shop, the park offers three nature trails and year-round interpretive programs. For more information about park events contact the park at (870) 878-6595 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.