Arkansas, the Natural State, is gifted with 600,000 acres of lakes, and Arkansas tourism offers a wide array of recreational activities and tour cruises to explore the state through its rivers. From the early 19th century, Arkansas lakes have been used as a transportation medium with steam driven paddleboats ferrying people and goods among the various cities interconnected by these rivers. There are a host of river cruises that can be taken to enjoy the serene waters of these lakes.
This is a 1.25 hour cruise atop an open air passenger vessel with a seating capacity of 50 along the crystal clear waters of Beaver Lake, located in North-west Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs. Beaver lake with its natural resources and 487 miles of shoreline is a treat for the eyes and a photographer’s delight. Along this 12 mile cruise, you will pass through several natural points of interest as will be pointed out by the captain-guide of the river boat which includes an ancient Indian cemetery and a 200 acre game preserve Island which boasts of swimming dears. The cruise will also pass along the habitats of current Beaver Lake residents. There are also some specialty tours that’s covers eagle watching and fall foliage.
Aboard this 400 passenger capacity riverboat to experience the exquisite waters of Lake Hamilton, located on the southern edge of Hot Springs. The cruise offers mesmerizing view of the lake and Ouachita Mountains and its serene surroundings. Several natural islands can also be sighted along the cruise. Lake Hamilton is also home to the Garven Woodland Botanical Gardens which offers a poignant view of the Ouachita flora and fauna. There are also sunset dinner cruises where one can enjoy dancing and a plethora of mouth-watering delicacies. During summer, an ice cream social cruise is also offered.
Based in North Little Rock, luxurious Arkansas Queen, with its massive array of cruises, offers a captivating view of the tranquil waters of the lake. There are lunch, sightseeing cruises lasting 90 minutes and also dinner/dance cruises (2 hours) available to suit every traveler needs. It also has provisions for romantic dinners and wedding receptions atop the vessel.
Located 60 miles north of Little Rock in central Arkansas Ozarks, Belle of the Bay offers several cruises along the picturesque Greers Ferry Lake, which is a reservoir formed as a result of the Greers Ferry Dam and has a under water town which was flooded during its formation. It offers shuttle cruises to Sugarloaf Mountain trail and also some specialty cruises.