NWA out of doors briefs


Anglers win team championship

Travis Fox and Preston Long won the season-ending Northwest Arkansas Team Trail Championship bass tournament, held October 1-2 at Beaver Lake. Their two day total of 10 bass weighed 24.93 pounds.

Tony Parsley and Burl Smith took a close second place with 10 basses at 24.34 pounds. Steven Meador and Megan Meador were in third place at 12:23 p.m. with 10 basses.

Fourth through 10th, all with 10 basses, were: Fourth, Larry Walker, Rick Searcy, 22.2; Fifth, Kent Rogers, Bryan Rogers, 21.75; Sixth, Jay Nyce, Hunter Barnard, 21.57; seventh, Jeff Lodwick, Brian Lodwick, 21.4; Eighth, Travis Harriman, Gordon Harriman, 20.86; Ninth, David Louks, Collin Cheatham, 20.68; 10th, Justin Hoffman, Billy Ramsey, 20.62.

Trees recycled for fish

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Hook, Line and Sinker Outdoors host Beaver Lake Habitat Days on Friday and Saturday.

Volunteers are needed to sink trees in the Blue Springs area at the head of the lake. Meet at the Blue Springs launch pad at 8:00 AM. The work goes on every day until 3:00 p.m.

Game and Fish staff need help loading trees onto barges, tying blocks and sinking the trees in Beaver Lake. Each volunteer must carry lunch, a life jacket, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves and work boots.

Volunteers should register with Jon Stein, the regional fisheries supervisor, at [email protected] or by texting (479) 640-6422.

Make your way to trail running

A free beginner trail running clinic will be held on October 23 at 1:00 p.m. on the Markham Hill Nature Trails just west of Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. Trail runner Natalie McBee will teach the clinic.

Sign up at specializedreg.com to sign up. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Outside comes inside at the fair

The Ozarks Home and Outdoor Expo will be held October 21-23 at the Rogers Convention Center. Exhibitions and booths on outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing and camping will be featured.

Admission is $6 for the weekend and $4 for seniors. Children under 10 years have free entry.

Roll into bikepacking

Backpacking Roots is hosting the Fayetteville Gathering, a non-competitive bikepacking event, on October 21-23.

An optional complimentary How to Bikepack Clinic and Dinner will be held on the evening of October 21 at the Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville. Assisted bikepacking on mostly gravel roads will take place October 22-23 with camping at Cane Hill. Post-ride drinks and snacks will be served on the evening of October 23rd.

Visit www.bikepackingroots.org/fayettevillegathering.html to register. Contact Ally Johnson, [email protected], for more information.

Center hosts hootenanay

The Ozark Natural Science Center is hosting its Bear Hollow Hootenany fundraiser Oct. 22-23 at the center in the Madison County Wildlife Management Area just north of Huntsville.

Activities include bird education by Northsong Wild Bird Rehabilitation and bird expert Mitchell Pruitt. There will be live music throughout the event. Camping and limited accommodations are available.

Visit onsc.us/hootenanny to purchase tickets and for more information.

Beautify Beaver Lake

The annual Beaver Lake Cleanup and Volunteer Day is scheduled for October 22nd. Volunteers are needed to pick up rubbish along the lake shore in all areas of the reservoir.

Garbage bag and supplies pickup on October 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Beaver Water District office at 301 Primrose Lane in Lowell or October 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Prairie Creek, Hickory Creek or Dam Site North Parks at the lake.

The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers will be invited to lunch at the Prairie Creek Park Grand Shelter starting at 11am. Groups protecting Beaver Lake will have exhibits at the shelter.

Volunteers can pick up trash wherever they like, or organizers can assign an area. Volunteers are asked to register as individuals or as a group at h2ozarks.org/events/blvd/.

The forest comes alive

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area will host The Living Forest event on October 22 from 1-4pm.

Volunteers in fun costumes act as various forest animals on guided hikes along the 0.25-mile Ozark Plateau Trail. They explain to children and adults why they are important for the forest and what people can do to help them. Hikes with no more than 15 people depart from the visitor center every five minutes.

The hikes are suitable for children aged 4-7 years. Children are encouraged to wear costumes if they wish. Children and adults can make crafts while waiting for their hike to begin. After each hike, s’mores and ciders are served in the outdoor educational pavilion.

Check in at the visitor center no later than 3:00 PM. For details call the Visitor Center at 479-789-5000.

Apply for a youth grant

The Ozark Society Foundation is accepting applications for their Youth Engagement Scholarship through October 22nd. Nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s focus region that work with youth under the age of 18 in environmental and conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for up to $3,000 in grants.

Applicants must be from a 501c3 nonprofit organization or school in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri or in the communities of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, and Claiborne, Louisiana.

The scholarship award will be announced in December. To apply for the grant, visit https://www.ozarksociety.net/foundation/foundation-youth-grants/.

Cruises go for loons

The Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area hosts pontoon boat trips on Beaver Lake on November 5 and 12 at 10 am to see loons and other waterfowl.

There is a good chance of seeing loons, several species of ducks, gulls and bald eagles. Knowledgeable birders from the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will accompany each trip. The cruises last about two hours and visit extensive water areas of the lake that are attractive to waterfowl. Anyone interested in birds or interested in learning more about Beaver Lake is welcome to attend. Passengers should bring binoculars, but binoculars are available on the boat. There is no toilet on the boat.

The cost is $15. The minimum age is 16 years. Call the park visitor center at (479) 789-5000 to register.