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~Lake Chicot State Park~

Lake Chicot is situated in a grove of majestic wild pecans and ringed with cypress trees standing literally “up to their knees” in water along the nations’s largest natural oxbow remnant, a cutoff of the mighty Mississippi.

At the end of September we visited Lake Chicot State Park.  If you find yourself near Lake Village, Arkansas, stop in at this beautiful state park and spend a few days enjoying Lake Chicot. We envision stopping here again!

Scenes from our visit!

"Welcome to Lake Chicot State Park"
“Welcome to Lake Chicot State Park”
Lake Chicot, an oxbow remnant , a cutoff of the mighty Mississippi River
Lake Chicot, an oxbow remnant , a cutoff of the mighty Mississippi River
Sunset in Lake Chicot State Park
Up a Tree in Lake Chicot State Park
Sunset in Lake Chicot State Park
Sunset over Lake Chicot

I am so behind in posting. I hope to catch up, now that things have settled down! During the last few weeks we have visited family in Mississippi, attended a family wedding in Florida and visited with friends in Georgia. Tonight, I write this from a Florida State Park in Sebring, Florida called Highlands Hammock.

~Thursday, September 25, 2014~

Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville, Arkansas

Marina at Lake Dardanelle State Park
Marina at Lake Dardanelle State Park. This was our back yard for a day!

Our ride on this 25th day of September, 2014:

We traded the agricultural fields of sunflower, wheat and corn, that we drove through the day before, for trees. Gentle rolling hills covered with gorgeous trees. We traveled along I-35 to I-40 and spent one night at Lake Dardanelle State Park, located in Russellville, Arkansas.

This beautiful state park is surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains to the south and the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozarks to the north. Lake Dardanelle offers some of the finest fishing and boating resources in Arkansas. Formed by the Arkansas River, this 34,000 acre man-made lake is two miles west of Russellville. (info taken from web)

We will definitely return to LDSP when we have more time to explore this lovely area.

Reflections on Lake Dardanelle
Reflections on Lake Dardanelle
Bass fishing
This area is a major bass fishing tournament site!
Arkansas Nuclear Plant as seen from Lake Dardanelle State Park
Arkansas Nuclear Plant as seen from Lake Dardanelle State Park
Damselfly hanging around at Lake DarDdnelle State Pak
Damselfly hanging around at Lake Dardanelle State Pak

A unique place for fuel:

When we left Wellington, Kansas we had to fuel up. We decided to stop in Billings, OK at the Cimarron Travel Plaza. This was the cleanest truck stop we have ever been in! The large parking lot was spotless. When we pulled up to the pump an employee came up to us and said he would pump the fuel and clean our windshield. He stated it was a courtesy of the Travel plaza.

This was a first.  When we mentioned how clean everything was he beamed with pride.  If you are ever in this area stop in for fuel!!

Being the navigator is sometimes a thankless job:

Our route today took us through Tulsa and it wasn’t a fun experience. Road construction with too many, small detour signs telling us which¬†direction to go in. ¬†Our well planned research fallingl by the wayside. My Gps screaming at me for not following his directions. The¬†driver, well what can I say.¬†As¬†navigator on this crew, I wasn’t¬†happy either.

However, we made it though Tulsa and arrived in Russellville, Arkansas all in one piece to enjoy this peaceful, lovely state park.

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Site 46 at Lake Dardanelle State Park
Site 46 at Lake Dardanelle State Park

On Friday, September 26, 2014 we left Russellville and traveled to Lake Village, Arkansas to visit another Arkansas state park called Lake Chicot. More on this state park to follow.