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Exploring Arkansas June 2013

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Lake Sequoyah Trail, Osage Creek Float Fishing, Rock Creek Valley
Lake Sequoyah near Fayetteville offers wonderful opportunities for fishing, kayaking, bird watching..and hiking along a trail that extends half way around the lake. A superb location for a leisurely float fishing outing, is along Osage Creek near Berryville. Rock Creek Valley near Deer is ideal for exploring towering bluffs..5 story tall pedestal rocks..and waterfalls.

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THIS MAY NOT LOOK LIKE IT'S A LAKE BUT IT IS. ACTUALLY IT'S PART OF THE SPILL WAY AT LAKE SEQUOYAH IN FAYETTEVILLE AND THAT IS JUST FOR STARTERS. THERE IS ALSO A NEAT TRAIL THAT GOES HALFWAY AROUND THE TRAIL THAT WE'RE GOING TO GO AND CHECK OUT. LAKE SEQUOYAH JUST EAST OF FAYETTEVILLE OFF OF HIGHWAY 16 IS ACTUALLY A PART OF THE CITY'S PARK SYSTEM.

LAKE SEQUOYAH USED TO BE ONE OF THE WATER SUPPLIES FOR THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE AND OF COURSE WHEN WE HAD THAT SOME TIME AGO A LOT OF LAND WAS ACQUIRED AROUND THE LAKE TO HELP PROTECT THE WATERSHED OF THE LAKE. THIS LAKE IS VERY UNIQUE. THE MIDDLE FOLK AND EAST FOLK OF THE WHITE RIVER COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS LAKE. ON THE MAP AND WE HAVE THIS HERE AND A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR A TRAIL AND CIRCLE THE LAKE AROUND THE TRAIL LIKE OTHER LAKES. THERE ARE BEEN SCOUTS THAT DID THEIR EAGLE PROJECTS OUT HERE AND BUILDING KIOSKS AND THE TRAIL AND YOU NEED THREE BRIDGES TO CIRCLE THE LAKE AND BECAUSE OF THE RIVERS. THERE ARE FOUR OR 5 MILES OF TRAIL THAT FALLS ALONG THE RIVER MAINLY ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE AND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE RIVER, AND THE KING FISHER TRAIL AND THE ROOKERY TRAIL.

THE 2-MILE OR SO ROUND TRIP ROOKERY TRAIL LEADS TO A GREAT BLU HERON ROOKERY WHERE YOU CAN TAKE A BREAK BEFORE HEADING BACK AND OBSERVE THESE WONDERFUL BIRDS ON THEIR NEST. ALONG WITH GREAT THERE ARE ALSO EGRETS HERE AT LAKE SEQUOYAH. A DIVERSIFIED HABITAT AND THEN SOME IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT LAKE SEQUOYAH PARK.

VERY MUCH SO. YOU'VE GOT FARMLAND, RIVER BOTTOMS AND UP ON THE -- HERE WE ARE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE LAKE. WHAT IS IRONIC JUST DOWN FROM HERE WAS A BLUFF AND BELOW HERE BUT IT'S NO LONGER THERE BUT THE BUZZARDS GO THEIR STILL LIKE THERE IS AND YES IT'S VERY DIVERSE. THERE IS ABOUT A DOZEN ISLANDS ON THE SOUTHEAST REGION OF THE LAKE AND WONDERFUL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PELICANS AND GREAT BLU HERON ROOKERY AND TURKEY VULTURES AND MANY WATER FOWL.

BESIDES THAT YOU HAVE FISHING AND KAY ACING.

AND THE BEAUTY IS IT'S FIVE MINUTES FROM FAYETTEVILLE AND THE WHOLE LAKE IS WITHIN FAYETTEVILLE CITY LIMITS AND CONSIDERED PARK LAND.

IT'S ONE OFFED LESSOR KNOWN MOUNTAIN STREAMS THAT JUST CRIES OUT FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE ITS BEAUTY AND SECLUSION, CREEK CREEK SOUTHEAST OF BERRYVILLE. IF YOU ENJOY FLOATING AND LIKE TO FISH THEN FLOAT FISHING IS THE WAY TO GO ON OS AG E CREEK. WE TEAMED UP WITH ONE OF THE TOP FLOAT FISHERMAN AROUND THAT KNOWS THE BACK STREAMS OF ARKANSAS LIKE NO ONE ELSE, OUR OLD FRIEND DENNIS WHITESIDE.

I GOT STARTED FISHING -- MIGHT AS WELL SAY IT BECAUSE OF MY GRANDMOTHER. SHE LOVED TO FISH AND WE WOULD GO DOWN TO THE LITTLE BLACK RIVER AND HAVE A POLE AND HOOKS AND WE WOULD GO AFTER FISH AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. AND IT PART OF IT GRANDMA WOULD ALWAYS BRAG ON ME AND HOW GOOD A FISHERMAN I WAS AND SHE DUMPED COFFEE GROUNDS ON THE BACK PORCH AND THE WORMS WOULD BE THERE AND THAT WAS MY JOB TO GATHER THE WORMS AND CATCH GRASSHOPPERS ON THE PATH AND GRANDMA TAUGHT ME TO LOVE THE RIVER AND THE WATERS AND VALUE THE FISH AND WE WOULD EAT THEM. IT WAS A BIG DEAL. I WOULD BRING HOME THE FISH AND SHE WOULD CLEAN THEM AND WE WOULD EAT THEM AND I HAVE DONE SOMETHING AND AT SIX, EIGHT, 10 YEARS OF AGE AND IT WAS A WORTHY THING TO ME. IT TAUGHT ME I WAS OF VALUE EVEN AT THAT AGE. SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO THINK THAT YOU COULD DO SOMETHING AND I COULD CATCH FISH AND GRANDMA WOULD BRAG ON ME SO I THINK THAT WAS PART OF THE REASON WHY I LOVE TO FLOAT FISH ON STREAMS. I GREW UP IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND CAME TO ARKANSAS IN THE 70'S AND WORKED FOR ARKANSAS STATE PARKS AND NATIONALLY PART OF WHAT I SAID WAS TRAVEL THE STATE, AND THERE WERE JUST LOTS AND LOTS OF STREAMS AND I GREW UP WITH THE NORTON [INAUDIBLE] FAMILY AND HIS FAMILY MADE BOATS AND WHEN WE WERE AT COLLEGE AT AT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AND WE USED THE JOHN BOAT AND WORE IT OUT FISHING AND I HAD A CANOE AND WORE IT OUT AND I BOUGHT A BIG 19.5-FOOTERS AND THERE ARE LITTLE STREAMS IN ARKANSAS THAT I HAVEN'T FLOATED AND FISHED AND EVEN THE TINY ONES SUCH AS THE CREEK CREEK HERE AND I WENT OVER THIS AND DIDN'T PAY ATTENTION TO IT AND FINALLY I GOT OFF THE ROAD AND LOOKED AT IT AND THERE ARE COUNTY ROADS THAT FOLLOW THIS LITTLE OLD STREAM PRETTY MUCH FROM ONE END TO ANOTHER, NOT COMPLETELY, AND WHEN I LOOKED AT IT AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. AND MANY HEARD OF THIS AND THE RIVER AND TO ME THIS IS AN OVER LOOKED VALLEY AND THIS BEGINS ON THE WESTERN SLOPE OF THE MOUNTAIN AND ACROSS THE CREEK AND RIDGE TOP AND THE LITTLE BRANCH THAT GOES OFF AND AT HIGH 62 AND IN BETWEEN BERRYVILLE AND EUREKA SPRINGS AND I WOULD SAY THERE ARE PROBABLY SIX DIFFERENT ONE DAY FLOAT TRIPS IN THAT STREAM. I THINK IT GETS SOME RECOGNITION ON THE UPPER END OF IT FOR WHITE WATER FISHING OR CANOEING AND KAYAKING BUT THE PORTIONS OF THE STREAM THEY AM FAMILIAR WITH ARE LOWER END AND HIGHWAY 21 AND BERRYVILLE AND FURTHER DOWN THE STREAM, AND IT'S PRIVATE PROPERTY ON THE BANKS AND THE STREAM BANKS HERE. OF COURSE THE WATER IS PUBLIC PROPERTY. LANDOWNERS -- I KNOW SOME OF THEM. I NEVER MET A BAD ONE. TREAT THE LAND WITH RESPECT. RESPECT THEIR PROPERTY. DON'T BE BOTHERING THEIR CATTLE AND TEARING THEIR FENCES DOWN AND SO FORTH, BUT I HAVE CAUGHT LOTS AND LOTS OF FISH ON THIS STREAM. I DON'T FISH IT ANYMORE BECAUSE I LIVE IN MISSOURI NOW, BUT I WOULD SAY IF YOU LOVED THE SMALLMOUTH BASS FISH AND WANT PRIVACY AND WANT TO GET AWAY FROM THE CROWD THAT YOU FIND ON A LOT OF THE STREAM THIS IS IS THE PLACE TO GO. IT DOES NOT HAVE A CANOE RENTAL ON IT PER SE. THERE ARE VERY FEW PUBLIC ACCESSES, NOTHING DEVELOPED BY THE CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT, ALTHOUGH I THINK THERE SHOULD BE, BUT WITH A LITTLE EFFORT AND A LITTLE WORK YOU CAN DEFINITELY GET OUT HERE ON THIS STREAM AND MAKE A DAY FLOAT. SEE BEAUTIFUL THINGS. THE BLUFF IS ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC BLUFFS THAT I HAVE SEEN ANYWHERE IN ARKANSAS, MISSOURI, ANYWHERE IN THE OZARKS OR THE OUACHITA MOUNTAINS. THERE ARE SPRINGS ALONG THE WAY AND ROOKERIES AND SYCAMORES AND YOU WILL SEE EAGLES AND SEEN THOSE TODAY AND LISTENING TO IT RIGHT NOW. THERE IS ALL KINDS OF WILDLIFE OUT HERE. YOU HAVE PRIVACY. YOU HAVE QUIET AND PEACE AND I LOVE IT. I COULD TALK ALL DAY ABOUT IT AND BORE YOU TO DEATH BUT IT'S A WONDERFUL STREAM AND RELATIVELY UNKNOWN, AND I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE WITH EVERYBODY. I LOVE TO EXPLORE ARKANSAS AND I APPRECIATE YOUR PROGRAM AND WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND SINCE I LIVED IN ARKANSAS FOR 30 SOMETHING YEARS, RAISED MY FAMILY HERE. I HAVE DONE A LOT OF EXPLORING ON MY OWN AND SINCE RETIREMENT I HAVE A BUSINESS THAT I RUN IN ARKANSAS. I DON'T GUIDE HERE ANYMORE BUT I COME DOWN HERE AND FISH WITH MY SON AND IN THIS CASE YOU WANTED TO SEE A UNIQUE PLACE I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT STREAM THAT YOU CAN COME AND SHOOT SOME FOOTAGE. I COULD TELL YOU ABOUT IT AND IT'S A STREAM THAT YOU CAN FLOAT AND THAT YOU LEARNED TODAY A LOT OF YOU IT YOU DRIVE AND ACTUALLY SEE FROM A VEHICLE. IT'S COUNTY ROADS, DIRT ROADS, BUT THAT'S PART OF EXPLORING. IF YOU WANT TO GET OUT AND SEE THIS STUFF YOU HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AND DO IT.

IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE WE CAUGHT OUR FIRST SMALLMOUTH BASS.

PEOPLE CALL THEM BLACK BASS, BROWNIE, [INAUDIBLE] KENTUCKY BACK AND THIS BASS. THEY'RE LITTLE FIGHTERS. BEAUTIFUL FISH.

DURING OUR FLOAT FISHING EXCURSION DENNIS WANTED TO SHOW US ONE OF THE SPRINGS ALONG O SAGE CREEK.

I ALWAYS LOVED SPRINGS AND THEY'RE NEXTINGLY HARD TO FIND HONESTLY AND GROUNDWATER IS LOWERING AND WE HAD RECENT RAIN AND I KNOW FOLKS WOULD WANT TO SEE THIS AND THE CLEAR WATER AND WE DRANK OUT OF THEM WHEN I WAS A CHILD. TODAY THEY DON'T RECOMMEND DOING THAT. THEY REPRESENT PART OF THE OZARKS HERE AND ESSENTIALLY THAT MEANS THAT THE LIME STONE IN THE BLUFFS AND UNDER GROUND ARE CONTINUALLY IN SOLUTION SO THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE CAVERNS AND THE SINK HOLES AND HOPEFULLY IF THERE IS PLENTY OF GROUNDWATER YOU HAVE THE SPRINGS. I LOVE THIS PARTICULAR LITTLE SPOT. IT'S AN ACCESS POINT ON THE STREAM WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY MAKE A FLOAT TRIP AND IF YOU WANTED TO CAMP OUT HERE YOU COULD GET THE WATER AND BOIL IT AND DRINK IT AND IT WOULD BE JUST FINE.

DENNIS ALSO WANTED TO POINT OUT TO US SOMETHING ELSE THAT OCCURS ALONG SECLUDED STREAMS LIKE O SAGE.

THERE IS A COUCH. SOMEONE LEFT IT HERE. SOMEONE BURNED IT AND I AM SURE BEFORE LONG IT WILL BE OFF IN THE RIVER. TO ME WITH THE DUTY THAT HAS BEEN SHOWN IN THIS FILM CLIP TODAY OF OSAGE CREEK TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT OUT HERE IS CRIMINAL. IT'S SAD. IT BOTHERS ME THAT PEOPLE WOULD ACTUALLY DO THIS. AS A FLOAT FISHING GUIDE I TAKE PEOPLE ON STREAMS AND FROM ALABAMA AND OTHER STATES AND THEY'RE LIKE WHAT ARE PEOPLE THINKING? THEY'RE NOT THINKING. IT'S SOMEONE LOCAL. THEY LEAVE IT HERE. THEY THINK IT'S OKAY. NOBODY OWN THIS IS SO WE WILL LEAVE THE TRASH HERE AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU HAVE A DUMP HERE IN THIS SPOT. I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE NOT TO DO THAT. THE ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION HAS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM CALL THE THE STREAM TEAM AND PEOPLE ARE ADOPTING STREAMS AND CLEANING UP THE LITTER. TO MY KNOWLEDGE THERE ISN'T ONE HERE ON THIS CREEK. THE TOWNS OF BERRYVILLE AND GREEN FOREST COULD DO THAT. I ENCOURAGE IF YOU'RE A TEACHER AND WOULD LIKE TO GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED WITH LEARNING ABOUT THE OUT DOORS AND CLOSER TO NATURE HERE IS A SPRING. YOU COULD STUDY THE AQUATIC LIFE ALL DAY LONG AND WHILE YOU'RE HERE YOU COULD PICK UP THE TRASH. I DON'T NECESSARILY BLAME PEOPLE FOR DOING THIS, BUT IT'S A SHAME THAT WE'RE DOING THIS LITTERING, AND ONE OF MY QUOTES OF ALL TIME IS FROM THE PERSON THAT WROTE THE COUNTY ALMANAC. "HE CONSIDER LAND A COMMODITY THAT WE OWN. WHEN WE LEARN TO SEE LAND AS A COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE ARE INVOLVED WE WILL LEARN TO LOVE AND RESPECT IT" AND HE SAID THAT IN 1930. THIS IS NEAR 100 YEARS LATER. HE WAS A VISIONARY. I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING TO ARGUE WITH.

AND IF THE BURNED OUT COACH WASN'T ENOUGH FARTHER DOWN THE STREAM WE CAME UPON THIS, A RUSTED OUT CAR OF ALL THINGS, REAFFIRMING THE PROBLEM IN THE NATIONAL STATE THAT DENNIS WAS TALKING ABOUT. AND SO AFTER A HALF DAY OF FLOATD FISHING THAT WENT BY WAY TOO FAST WE APPROACHED OUR TAKE OUT POINT.

THERE IS OUR DESTINATION. THAT'S WHERE WE ARE HEADED. WE HAD A FLOAT TRIP ON THE OSAGE CREEK AND THAT'S HOW THEY'RE CONNECTED. TAKE THE CANOE AND HOPEFULLY A BUDDY THAT HAS A VEHICLE AND YOU PUT IT AT POINT A AND FLOAT FOR HALF A DAY, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO, AND LEAVE A VEHICLE AT THE TAKE OUT AND LOAD UP THERE AND EVERYONE GOES HOME. YOU CAN TAKE THE LOWER MAP LIST OR ABOUT GOOD MAP SYSTEM AND FIND THESE STREAMS. OSAGE IS ON THERE AND OTHERS. IF YOU LOOK -- YOU MAY HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF SCOUTING AS YOU GO AND FIND THE PLACES YOU CAN PUT IN AND TAKE OUT. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? I WOULD SAY A FIVE OR 6-MILE FLOAT IS A GOOD TRIP WITH NORMAL WATERS AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL. YOU CAN FIND MY EMAIL ADDRESS AT MY WEBSITE AND I WILL TELL YOU HOW LONG IT'S GOING TO TAKE. IF YOU MAKE A REAL GOOD SANDWICH I MAY GO WITH YOU.

IT BEGAN INNOCENTLY ENOUGH LOOKING LIKE A STROLL THROUGH THE PARK. ABOUT HALFWAY INTO THE HIKE AND 1 MILE AFTER LEAVING A FOUR WHEELER ROAD IS WHEN THINGS STARTED TO GO DOWNHILL LITERALLY. WITHOUT A PATH BUSH WACKING WAS IN ORDER AS WE MADE OUR WAY DOWN INTO A CANYON. WE TAGGED ALONG WITH A FATHER AND SON OUTING TO THE ROCK CREEK VALLEY IN THE O ZACH NATIONAL FOREST SOUTHEAST OF DEER AND NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE AREA OUTSIDE OF HARTY AND JOHN MOORE AND SON GRANT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS SORT OF THING EVER SINCE HIS KIDS WERE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

GRANT AND HIS OLDER BROTHER HAVE BEEN HIKING WITH US FROM AN EARLY AGE. I WOULD SAY SIX YEARS OLD AND ON.

IT GIVES THEM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE DOING THIS MORE SO THAN WHAT THEY LEARN IN SCHOOL ABOUT NATURE AND THE OUT DOORS.

I AM SURE THEY GET TO SEE THESE THINGS FIRST HAND.

THEY'RE SITTING AROUND AND ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO COME ONE TIME SO I RODE ALONG AND SOON I GOT HERE AND I LIKE TO CLIMB ON THE ROCKS AND JUMP AROUND AND MY BROTHER CAME WITH ME AND WE BOTH JOY TODAY.

YEAH, THERE IS A LOT OF STUFF TO CLIMB ON HERE, A LOT OF NEAT ROCKS.

YEAH. I DON'T LIKE TO CLIMB THOSE. THEY'RE KIND OF TOO BIG.

YEAH, THAT ONE THERE MIGHT BE TOO DANGEROUS TO FREE CLIMB.

YEAH.

BUT IT'S KIND OF I GUESS GOES ALONG WITH WHAT YOU LEARN IN SCHOOL ABOUT NATURE AND THE OUT DOORS AND YOU GET TO SEE IT FIRST HAND.

YEAH. SORT OF LUCKY I HAVE A DAD THAT HAS A HOBBY WITH THIS AND I I DON'T JUST SEE IT IN THE BOOKS.

THAT'S RIGHT. THE AREA THAT MOORE AND HIS SON TOOK US IS CALLED THE MIDDLE BLOYD SANDSTONE BECAUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLOYD GEOLOGICAL FORMATION IN THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS OZARKS WHICH INCLUDES THE AREA OF ROCKS AND HAS IMPRESSIVE ROCK FORMATION AND COLUMNS IN THE SHAPE OF PEDESTALS. SOME OF THE FORMATION IT'S WE WILL CALL THEM STACK ROCKS AND LOOK INDEED LIKE THEY WERE STACKED ON TOP OF ONE ANOTHER. ALSO ADD TO ALL OF THIS ARE WATERFALLS. JOHN MOORE'S EXPLORING INTEREST BEGAN WITH HIS LOVE OF TAKING PICTURES IN THE OUT DOORS.

I GOT TO PICTURE BUG AND HIKING AND I LOOKED AT PLACES IN THE OUT DOOR THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY.

LIKE THIS SAND STONE COLUMN HERE. YOU HAVE BEEN BACK HERE MORE THAN ONCE.

I THINK THIS IS MY FOURTH TRIP INTO THE AREA.

AND YOU SAY EVERYDAY YOU FIND SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

YEAH. I DON'T HIKE THE SAME PATH TWICE SO THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW TO TAKE A PICTURE OF.

SO IF YOU'RE THE MORE ADVENTURE SOME TYPE AND EXPLORE FOR YOURSELF THE ROCK CREEK VALLEY AREA IN THE O ZACH AREA NEAR DEER AND FOR THE COORDINATES AND OTHER INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT AETN .ORG /EXPLORING ARKANSAS AND WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON "EXPLORING ARKANSAS".

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