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Area Photo: Mt. Ida, Arkansas

Area Photo: Mt. Ida, Arkansas

MT. IDA, Ark. (KTHV) – Sitting on the outskirts of the Ouachita National Forest, Mt. Ida is a paradise for nature lovers and sportsmen.

Claiming to be the Quartz Capitol of the World, Mt. Ida offers several rock shops and allows visitors to dig their own crystals for fees. Nearby, is Lake Ouachita, were you can take part in a number of water sports and view wintering bald eagles.

This photo was shared with the THV11 Facebook page by Dianne Morrow Johnston.

For more information on Mt. Ida, you can go to the following websites:

Mt. Ida Chamber of Commerce: http://on.kthv.com/1isGFj9

Arkansas.com: http://on.kthv.com/KQncOf

Area Photo: Lake Greeson

Area Photo: Lake Greeson

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Lake Greeson was created when the Narrows Dam was built on the Little Missouri River in 1950. The lake got its name around 1976 from the man who made the dam and lake possible -- Martin White Greeson.

AGFC added the Lake Gresson is prime fishing area for striped bass, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass. It's also well stocked with northern pike and walleye.

This photo of the lake was taken by THViewer Nick Younger, who shared it with our Facebook page on Dec. 31.

Absolutely beautiful!

For more information on Lake Greeson, visit LakeGreeson.org: http://on.kthv.com/1kbQxCm

Ouachita National Forest employees receive regional awards

Ouachita National Forest employees receive regional awards

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (USDA) - Ouachita National Forest personnel were honored in 5 of 15 award categories during the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region awards in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 7.

The Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District received the prestigious 2013 "Ranger District of the Year" award for its leadership in natural resource management while maintaining quality of work and safety to the public and its employees.

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (LCSP) - If your spine tingles at the sight of an eagle soaring majestically, then you’re aware of the unique combination of beauty and efficient design that sets these birds apart from other winged creatures. While soaring at 500ft, it can spot a fish from a mile away, and then swoop down to it at 100 miles per hour. Don’t think it’s necessary to travel to far-off places to see an eagle in the wild. Arkansas is a favorite wintering ground for bald eagles, and they are seen in nearly every part of the Natural State.

Lake Catherine State Park celebrates their arrival with the Bald Eagle Bonanza Event. This will be your chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey, and migratory birds in the wild as expert Rangers, Naturalists, and Park Interpreters take you within viewing distance. Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, loons, owls, and other winter wildlife. 

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Sunday, December 1

  • Fall hayride and campfire

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Advance payment and registration is required. For more information contact Park Interpreters Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) or Richard Spilman(richard.spilman@arkansas.gov).

Meeting place: field by Highway 300 and Pinnacle Valley Road
Admission:$12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Wednesday, December 4

Documentary film series on fracking to debut in Little Rock

Documentary film series on fracking to debut in Little Rock

CONWAY (ArkansasFracking.org) – Local non-profit group, ArkansasFracking.org, will be debuting their documentary film series, Land of Opportunity, in Little Rock on November 22 at 7 p.m. at Market Street CinemaThe series focuses on the impact that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has on local communities in the Fayetteville Shale in north, central Arkansas.  Roughly 4,500 natural gas wells have been drilled since 2005 in the rural, 5-county area.

Outdoor Expo offers life-long opportunities

Outdoor Expo offers life-long opportunities

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Arkansas students will learn about nature, wildlife and conservation at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Youth Outdoor Expo, Oct. 29-30, at Lake Sylvia Recreation Area.

Fifth-graders from several counties in central Arkansas will experience the outdoors and outdoor skills in the Ouachita National Forest, about 30 miles west of Little Rock.

Events start at 8:45 a.m. and run until 2:15 p.m. each day. Stations feature instructors who teach about biology, archery, BB guns, fishing and many other topics. The biology station, for instance, focuses on scientific management of wildlife. Groups of students stop at each station for 45 minutes.