January 13, 2024 Lake Dardanelle-Delaware Park and Holla Bend NWR

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot off I-40 West at Exit 135. We’ll carpool to Delaware Park, located on the southwest side of Lake Dardanelle. We should arrive at the Delaware Park boat ramp around 8:15 a.m. for anyone who wants to meet us there. 

   We’ll scan the lake for eagles, gulls, pelicans, loons, and other  waterfowl. A rare gull or duck is always a possibility. The lake can be VERY cold and windy. Dress in layers, including jackets, gloves, and hats.

   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 and owls, plus swans, ducks,
geese, and sparrows. 

   At Holla Bend, there will be some walking in tall grass, so boots are recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and plenty of water. We’ll return to Little Rock late afternoon.
     Directions from the town of Dardanelle to Delaware Park:  At the
junction at 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 Holla Bend NWR, go to
http://www.fws.gov/hollabend/.  The headquarters is located at 10448
Holla Bend Road, Dardanelle, AR 72834.   GPS coordinates: 35.163222,
-93.093477.