Ouachita River Haven Fun Day
June 21 @ 8:00 am - June 23 @ 4:00 pm
Contact will be:
Dee Jaye Teutsch
Weather Permitting….. 122 Ouachita River Haven Road, Pencil Bluff, AR 71965
Ouachita River Haven Fun Days Kayak Canoe Hike or Camp Adventure
The Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society will host an adventure weekend on the Ouachita River near Mount Ida, Arkansas on June 28-30. Activities include canoeing and kayaking, hiking, biking and camping out.
The public is invited to participate. BCOS members will be available to assist newcomers.
On Saturday, members will lead a paddle on a section of the Ouachita river. Participants will canoe/kayak in a group with a lead boat and a sweep boat at the rear to make sure no one gets left behind. For those new to paddling, experienced members will be available to offer instruction. Sunday paddling will be available also to allow paddlers more time on the river to hone their skills.
Hiking on a nearby trail will be offered on Friday and a shorter hike on Sunday. Two very popular mountain biking and hiking trails are located conveniently near the campsite, with several trail heads within just a few minutes’ drive, or ride. One of the most popular trails is the Womble, a 38 mile single track trail that many people feel is the best of its kind in this area of the nation. The Ouachita Trail provides more challenging terrain, with ascents to many mountain tops.
The campsite is the Ouachita River Haven Resort www.ouachitahaven.com . Tent pads are available for $5.50 per night and cabins are also available. Campsites include tent space, table, lantern pole, fire pit and grill. Camping fee includes use of showers and toilets and the showers have warm water!
*****The Best directions are from the Mt Ida if you are coming from Louisiana go toward Sims Arakansas.*****
Directions From Mt. Ida, Arkansas
Take Hwy 270 W for 5 miles. Turn right on Hwy 298. Go 4 miles to Sims.
At the STOP sign turn LEFT onto Hwy 88 W for 1.3 miles.
Cross Fiddler Creek. Immediately turn left on Maddox Bend Rd. Turn left at the second road, Ouachita River Haven Rd
Directions From Mena, Arkansas
Take Hwy 88E on the North side of Mena.
Proceed 31 miles to Pencil Bluff where Hwy 88 and Hwy 270 meet and join.
Make a left turn onto Hwy 270. Go one quarter of a mile and turn right onto Hwy 88 E towards Sims.
Go 2.3 miles and turn right onto the second entrance to Maddox Bend Rd. which is located just before Fiddler Creek.
Turn left at the second road, Ouachita River Haven Rd.
Directions From Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Go South on Hwy.71 to Y-City, Arkansas (59.5 miles).
Get on Hwy.270 East. (Watch closely for the turn off onto Hwy. 270 East, it is easy to miss).
Stay on Hwy.270 East 23.9 miles and turn left at the Western edge of Pencil Bluff onto Hwy 88 East towards SIMS.
Go 2.3 miles and turn right onto the 2nd Maddox Bend Rd. Entrance which is located just before and beside Fiddler Creek.
Turn left on the second road to your left, which will be Ouachita River Haven Road.
Directions From Russellville, Arkansas
Go South on Hwy. 27 for 63 miles to Washita and turn right onto Hwy. 88 West and go ten miles to Sims. Continue on Hwy. 88 West for another 1.3 miles and make a left turn IMMEDIATELY on Maddox Bend Road after crossing the Fiddler Creek Bridge. Turn Left on the second road to the left Ouachita River Haven Rd.
Approximate Distances Miles
West Memphis 225
Little Rock 103
Dallas, Texas 300
Tulsa, Oklahoma 200
Shreveport, Louisiana 150
Houston, Texas 425
Austin, Texas 500
Fort Smith 80