Lake Charles State Park will have programs all summer for all ages!

It’s starting to feel like spring! As winter comes to end, people are getting excited to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Arkansas State Parks offers affordable and family-friendly programs for all ages. Lake Charles offers programming, hiking trails, fishing opportunities, wildlife viewing, and self-guided kayak and canoe tours, along with a Nature Center. If your family is looking to spend a few days, we offer camp sites, a Rental RV, and a Rental Yurt which can all be reserved in advance by calling the park office at (870) 878-6595.

Lake Charles State Park Program Schedule – May 10th -19th, 2013

Friday, May 10th 9a.m. – Kayak Tour – Join a park interpreter for a guided lake tour via kayak. We’ll tour the lake and see wildlife that lives near the water. It should last about 1.5 hours. Seating is limited so sign up at Visitor Center. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and under 6 is free when riding with an adult.

Friday, May 10th 1:30p.m. – Metamorphosis – Join a park interpreter in the Nature Center to learn how an egg in the water becomes an animal on land.

Saturday, May 11th 9a.m. – White Oak Trail Hike – Take a hike with a park interpreter on the White Oak Trail. We will follow the trail through the surrounding woods and along the lake shore to see the wildlife that call Lake Charles home.

Saturday, May 11th 1:30p.m. Oh No! I Broke its Tail!?– Join a park interpreter in the Nature Center to see some lizards and how they can survive even though they lose their tails.

Saturday, May 11th 3p.m. – Mother’s Day Cruise – Bring mom and enjoy a relaxing tour of Lake Charles by party barge. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and learn a little bit of history about the Lake. Price is $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for children. Mothers and children under 6 ride for free.

Sunday, May 12th 8a.m. – Bird Watching Hike – Join a park interpreter for a hike along the Mockernut Trail to do some bird watching, please bring along binoculars and bird guides if you have any, but they are not needed.

Friday, May 10th – Sunday, May 12th 1-3p.m. Nature Center – Come down to the Nature Center and see the wildlife we have on display for the summer. A park interpreter will be on hand to answer any questions.

Saturday, May 18th 9a.m. – Mockernut Trail Hike – Follow a park interpreter on the Mockernut Trail to try and find some creatures of the area and discover what kind of plants and trees grow along the lake shore.

Saturday, May 18th 12:30p.m. – Catch & Feed – Join a park interpreter near the Nature Center to learn how to throw a cast net. We’ll try out this bait catching technique and then feed what we catch to the animals in the nature center.

Sunday, May 19th 8a.m. – Bird Watching Hike – Join a park interpreter for a walk on the White Oak trail to see some of the birds that live in the park. Please bring along binoculars and bird guides if you have any, but they are not needed.

Friday, May 17th to Sunday, May 19th 1p.m.-3p.m. – Nature Center – Come down to the Nature Center and see the wildlife we have on display for the summer. A park interpreter will be on hand to answer any questions.

Lake Charles State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The park offers camping, boat launch ramp, a standard pavilion, picnic sites, swim beach, nature center, playground, restrooms and 3 bathhouses on 645-acre Lake Charles. Along with the visitor center and gift shop, the park offers three nature trails and year-round interpretive programs. For more information about park events contact the park at (870) 878-6595 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.