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With its hardwood forests and some of the state’s best lakes and rivers, Arkansas’ South is rich with outdoor opportunities that draw visitors from across the country and around the world. From biking to boating to fishing to hunting, we provide the backdrop, all you have to do is get out there. Learn more about our beautiful region online at ArkansasSouth.com and request a copy of the 2018 Vistor’s Guide to plan your visit. Ad paid for with a combination of state and private regional association funds.

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Happy Campers The joy of an Arkansas camping trip

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Out Here Calling Them In Duck hunting in Arkansas draws visitors to the state

The Beauty of the Find Geocaching is a global hobby that’s found its way to Arkansas

Enduro In Arkansas New mountain biking race series puts Arkansas on world stage

Raiding The Rock What to know about Arkansas’s longest-running adventure race

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On The Water A Real Catch Arkansas waters offer scenic fishing and wildlife watching

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Around Town Riding The Delta New bike trails offer a beautiful cruise through the Arkansas flatlands

Basecamp Must Love Mountain Biking An off-the-bike conversation with Dustin Slaughter

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What’s so natural about The Natural State? 52 state parks 3 national forests 1st national river 1st federally protected park lands in what would later become the National Park System 17.2 million acres of forest Quartz crystal capital of the world Only active public diamond mine Twice named the “best-tasting water in the world,” Mountain Valley water in Hot Springs is sodium-free, ionized and mineral-rich 9,700 miles of rivers and streams 600,000 acres of lakes 3 mountain ranges, 2 of which – the Ouachitas and Boston Mountains – are rare east-westoriented ranges

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Are you looking for some peak fishing excitement? Or maybe some peak mountain biking, hiking, or camping? Whatever your adventure, look no further than the Tri-Peaks region. With the state’s highest point on Mount Magazine, third highest on Mount Nebo, the legendary Petit Jean Mountain, and the 34,300-acre Lake Dardanelle—there’s something to elevate everyone’s soul here. Explore authentically charming towns, scenic lakes, unspoiled rivers, towering forests, fantastic festivals, unique museums, and tons of fun family attractions.

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DID YOU KNOW? Act 1774, passed in 2003, established a program within the Arkansas Department of Health for “No Discharge” for marine toilet wastes from boats on our recreation and drinking water lakes.

IS MY BOAT IN COMPLIANCE? If you own or operate a boat in Arkansas and the boat is equipped with permanently installed toilet facilities, that boat must be equipped with a US Coast Guard Marine Sanitation Device designed for marine sewage in accordance with federal and state requirements.

HOW WILL THE MARINE SANITATION LAWS BE ENFORCED? • Arkansas Department of Health personnel will be inspecting all vessels that are equipped with permanently installed marine toilets. • Vessels in compliance will be identified by a numbered decal. • Those vessels not in compliance are subject to a fine of up to $1000.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY WASTE?

PROTECTING OUR PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY

The Federal Clean Vessel Act Grant is managed in Arkansas by the Arkansas Marine Sanitation Program. That funding provides for construction of 1) stationary marine sewage pumpout stations, 2) mobile marine sewage pumpout boats, and 3) multipurpose facilities consisting of floating restrooms with portable toilet dump stations. These facilities are constructed on all marinas on impounded lakes and navigable streams throughout the state.

HOW IS THIS PROGRAM FUNDED? Construction of the pumpout facilities is funded by the Clean Vessel Act. The Marine Sanitation inspection program receives funds from 23% of Arkansas boat registration fees.

KEEPING OUR SWIM BEACHES SAFE The Arkansas Marine Sanitation Program is charged with administering the Arkansas Swim Beach Program, reviewing proposed site plans for new swim beaches, conducting sanitary surveys, and reviewing E. coli bacterial samples collected. The Arkansas Department of Health has the authority to close any public swim beach with unsafe samples.

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Take a walk or a ride on the wild side, deep in the heart of the Ozarks! Eureka Springs has been the headquarters for true adventure for over 130 years. Even the winding roads into the city are a cyclist’s dream; or leave the pavement behind and you will soon discover some of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the region. These new trails have been cut by the experts. Some say they are the best downhill runs this side of the Rockies. Our in-town trails and parks allow you to experience the natural beauty of this unique Victorian city. You’ll also find rivers and lakes perfect for fishing, canoeing and other fun outdoor activities. So, whether you ride on two wheels or four, float or hike, get off the beaten path and blaze new trails in Eureka Springs, Arkansas... your extraordinary escape!

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Like our float trip through the Fourche Creek urban wetlands, our trip to Little Rock was a delight. Touring its downtown by Segway, and its neighborhoods, barbecue joints and breweries by bike. Riding the METRO Streetcar from our hotel to explore the shops, restaurants and clubs in the River Market. Being mesmerized by the city’s beautiful illuminated bridges at night. We had a wonderful time, and can’t wait to return to Little Rock.

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DeGray Lake Resort has everything you need to create family fun they’ll always remember. Boats to rent, golf to play (regular, disc or fling), trails to hike, birds to watch … And we’re not far away, either. Plan your getaway today.

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Bayou Bartholomew

From the beauty and serenity of Bayou Bartholomew, to kayaking on Cane Creek Lake, to wildlife watching on Lake Saracen, it’s easy to see why we’re known as Land of Legends. There are memories to be made by exploring these special places or having adventures along the Arkansas River, Cox Creek Lake, Lake Langhofer or the Saline River. Create your own LEGENDARY experience today. www.ARLandofLegends.com | www.PineBluffCVB.org

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Family Fun on the Buffalo River Established in 1901, we float all your needs, including canoes, kayaks, rafts and shuttle services. After your fun in the sun, settle into one of our log cabins just a stone’s throw from the river, guesthouses or duplex cabins. RV and tent camping also available.

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With 52 to choose from, Arkansas State Parks cover a lot of ground, including more than 400 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and running — plus water trails for fishing and floating. Pick a park. Pick an adventure. And come on out.

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geocaching is a global hobby that’s found its way to Arkansas


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With three rivers, numerous lakes and vast wooded areas, our region provides plenty of great spots for hunting and fishing. Public and private reserves with lodging facilities are available. Jacksonport State Park, located at the confluence of the White and Black Rivers, features a campground, picnic area, walking trail, sandy beaches and plenty of great outdoor activities! Learn more at newportarcity.org, arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport or 870.523.3618. This ad is paid for with a combination of state and Ozark Gateway Region funds.


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Mountain biker Dustin Slaughter has a name tailor-made for his profession. He bought his first mountain bike in 2009 to ride the Slaughter Pen trails in Bentonville. Since then, the athlete has racked up a reputation as a standout rider in both the downhill and enduro realms of the sport. He also owns a mountain bike guide service out of Rogers called Slaughter Trail Guides, which holds title to being the first and only mountain biking service of its kind in the Ozarks. It offers everything from guided rides and tours to shuttle service. Arkansas is world famous for its riding terrain, and among Slaughter's favorites is the Upper Buffalo Headwaters Trail 56

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System, an IMBA EPIC that includes around 40 miles of trail in the Ozarks. As to what attracts him to the sport, “I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, being on a bike, and the events offer great camaraderie,” he said. “So participating makes sense!” A recent standout riding accomplishment includes completing the Big Mountain Enduro series last year, after getting injured in 2016, and finishing sixth at the Enduro World Series USA stop in Aspen, Colorado. The sport has led to many memorable moments for the athlete over the years. “Being immersed in different disciplines for a good majority of my life has enabled me to experience, see and shred so much more than I could have imagined,” he said.

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A F I R S T -C L A S S T I M E , E V E RY T I M E ... F O R 60 Y E A R S . For the past 60 years, there’s been one name in trout fishing, and that’s Gaston’s. America’s #1 trout fishing resort is legendary, luring anglers from coast to coast for the ultimate White River experience. First-class guide service, lodging and one of the South’s finest restaurants continue to overdeliver every time. There’s also a private club, tennis courts, swimming pool, nature trails, conference lodge and landing strip for fly-in guests. It’s a special place that makes you feel special. All you do is fish – in style and comfort and as part of the Gaston’s family.

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