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Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot off I-40 West at Exit 135. We
will carpool to Delaware Park, located on the southwest side of Lake Dardanelle.
We should arrive at the boat ramp around 9:15 a.m. for anyone who wants to meet
us there. We’ll scan the lake for gulls, waterfowl, and eagles. A rare gull or duck is
always a possibility. The lake can be very cold and windy so dress in layers,
including hats and gloves.
Next, we’ll caravan to the Holla Bend NWR headquarters’ parking lot. There is
a $4.00 entrance fee per vehicle. A duck stamp or National Parks pass will get a
vehicle in for free. Our target birds will be raptors, including nesting Bald Eagles,
swans, ducks, geese, and sparrows. At Holla Bend, there will be some walking in
tall grass, boots are recommended. We’ll return to Little Rock late afternoon.
Bring snacks, lunch, and plenty of water.
Directions from the town of Dardanelle to Delaware Park: At the junction of
Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 22, go west on Hwy 22 approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto
Hwy. 393, which is the first road on your right after you cross the long causeway
at the west end of the lake. Hwy. 393 dead ends at Delaware Park.
GPS coordinates: 35.295749, -93.271458.
For more information about the refuge go to www.fws.gov/hollabend. The
headquarters is at 10448 Holla Bend Road, Dardanelle, AR 72834.
GPS coordinates: 35.163222, -93.093477.