It’s the middle of summer in Arkansas and things are hopping. Everything from Independence Day celebrations to a world championship takes place. Outdoor events such as concerts, a canoe marathon, lake tours, bird and butterfly watching, wakeboarding, cardboard boat races, and outstanding fishing make July an exciting month to be in Arkansas.
Start the month off with a bang – literally – with Fourth of July festivities in Little Rock. Bountiful Arkansas showcases locally grown produce at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute near Morrilton. Construction skills are tested at the annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs while canoeing is the focus in Pocahontas. Enjoy Ding Dong Days at Dumas. Lots of free music is featured in El Dorado’s Summer Concert Series. Keep on Reading!
Summer is perfect for outdoor activities. Purple Martin Watch Lake Tours are offered at Lake Ouachita State Park. Bull Shoals Lake hosts the Brostock 2010 Wakeboarding Competition. An Adventure Overnight Camp, Hooray Herps! Weekend, and Ruby Throats & Silver Bands are three Pinnacle Mountain State Park events this month. Petit Jean State Park’s Seven Hollows Trail near Morrilton provides a great opportunity for butterfly watching. One of the country's top triathlons takes place at Village Creek State Park. The beautiful night skies over Davidsonville Historic State Park are perfect for star gazing.
Warmer weather means hot fishing in Arkansas. Introduce your kids to fishing at the Junior Fishing Derby at Cane Creek. The icy waters of the famed Little Red River are a trout anglers dream. Great places to fish are found in some surprising locations in central Arkansas. Numerous spots in the Arkansas River Valley are bass havens. Lake Ouachita lands the 2011 Forest L. Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.