Lake Chicot & the Arkansas Post Memorial
After leaving the river, we drove to
Lake Chicot state park.
Lake Chicot is a 20-mile
long oxbow lake. We spent the night, then walked the Delta Woodlands Trail. We stopped by
the big pumping station that keeps the lake clear. We detoured a bit to visit the
Arkansas Post Memorial National Memorial.
We watched a video in the visitor center about how this area had been first occupied by the
French in the 1600s, became the largest city in the region in the 1800s, and then was
abandoned after the river changed course. We were surprised to see lots of armadillos wandering
near (and on) the paths. From there we ignored the GPS and took small highways halfway across
the state to another lake state park.
view of cypress trees in Lake Chicot, from our cabin's dock
looking back at our cabin from the dock
Lake Chicot is an oxbow lake; it used to be part of the Mississippi River before being cut off by a change in course
view from our cabin
info on the towboats from the Lake Chicot visitor center
start of the Delta Woodlands trail near the Lake Chicot visitor center
we saw lots of little tiny frogs hopping across the trail
we almost missed this little turtle
Evan really, really wanted to pick up the turtle
we drove on top of the levee for a while
we visited the pumping station that keeps Lake Chicot clear
the GPS was confused by rural Arkansas
Evan saw something in the grass and ran right toward it... it was an armadillo!
overlooking the Arkansas River
we saw lots of armadillos right along the trail
... and on the trail
Evan wanted to touch the armadillos too (we didn't let him)