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LIST: Swimming areas closed due to E. coli

LIST: Swimming areas closed due to E. coli

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Five swimming areas in Arkansas have been confirmed closed due to an E. coli threat.

According to the Arkansas Health Department, the following areas are shut down at this time:

 

  • Beaverfork Lake – Conway
  • Spring Lake – Yell County
  • Storm Creek – Phillips County
  • Hurricane Lake Estates – Saline County
  • Camp Joshua – Benton County

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E. coli is a large group of bacteria. Some kinds of it can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)—Car break ins at Pinnacle Mountain are down significantly from a year ago.

In 2013 the state park saw fourteen break-ins, but this year there have only been two.

"It just happens in the blink of an eye," says park ranger Will Ward who has been with the park for almost a year. "We had people on the playground will this last break-in and nobody can see it or hear it."

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Officials say Pinnacle Mountain can be a hot spot for thieves because they know that when you're hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain it can be a little difficult to tend to your car that's in the parking lot.

National Guard training exercises scheduled on Pinnacle Mountain

National Guard training exercises scheduled on Pinnacle Mountain

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(ANG) –The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a training exercise near the summit of 1,011-foot Pinnacle Mountain at Pinnacle Mountain State Park this Saturday, April 5, from approximately 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Black Hawk helicopter team will practice hoists and airlifts from the boulder field near the top of Pinnacle Mountain. The hoist site will be about 200 feet off the park’s West Summit Trail. Neither the West Summit Trail nor the East Summit Trail that lead hikers to mountain’s summit will be closed to the public during this exercise.

However, soldiers will be stationed on both trails to inform hikers of the exercise and communicate any necessary safety precautions. Two local fire departments will be staged in the park's West Summit Picnic Area to support the training exercise and share information about their operations with park visitors. For details, contact the park at: 501-868-5806. 

Events at Pinnacle Mountain for Spring Break

Events at Pinnacle Mountain for Spring Break

WEST LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (PMSP) - We invite you and your family to attend one of our regularly scheduled interpretive programs. All programs are FREE unless otherwise stated. Children 7-14 should ask at one of the programs on how to become a State Park Explorer.

MARCH 2

  • Morning Birding - 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a morning of birding with assistance from Central Arkansas Master Naturalists.  Please bring your binoculars and any field guides you find helpful.  We will walk a half-mile paved trail looking for the first signs of spring arrivals.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring water to hydrate. Meeting place: Arboretum Trailhead
Admission: Free

2014 Spring Fishing Classic coming soon

2014 Spring Fishing Classic coming soon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Spring Fishing Classic at Bass Pro Shops, 1 Bass Pro Drive in Little Rock, Ark., provides adults, children and families the chance to learn how to fish at Bass Pro Shops stores across the U.S. and Canada at no cost.

February programs at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

February programs at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Saturday, February 1 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop
Ever noticed that all food tastes better cooked outside and over a fire? It's a longstanding tradition in the State Parks of Arkansas. Here is your chance to learn to cook tasty meals in the great outdoors and discover the secrets of successful Dutch oven cooking with Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov). Spaces are limited; advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $15 per person

Sunday, February 2 - 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 3 pm- 4:30 pm