Activities & Festivals
Steamboat Days is
an annual festival in June that provides entertainment and activities for all
ages including a carnival, singing competitions, concerts, several cook-offs,
fireworks, a pageant, a 5K Run/Walk, and many others. Find out more
details on Steamboat Days at
Fall Festival is a yearly event in late October or early November. The Des
Arc Chamber of Commerce started the festival in 2012 and plans on continuing
The festival provides games and other activities for kids at no charge.
Businesses and churches sponsor and host the activities. For the 2013
festival, the Chamber is planning some exciting additions to the event such as
a 5k walk and a “Mr. Fall Festival” pageant.
Miss Merry Christmas, an annual Christmas pageant, is held in late November
each year. Entry is open to girls from birth to age 21. There is also a
photogenic contest open to boys and girls. Winners are awarded with crowns
and/or sashes and have their pictures taken for the Chamber.
A Christmas Parade is usually held on the first Saturday in December unless the
weather is uncooperative. Winners of all contests are encouraged to participate
in the Christmas parade. The Chamber encourages businesses in town to hold open
houses on the Saturday of the Christmas Parade. Each participating business
gives out tickets to individuals who spend a designated amount of money in
their particular business. At this time, a ticket is drawn from those given to
individuals who shopped at a business participating in the Chamber Open House
event, and a prize is given that individual.
The Parade, led by Santa Claus, includes horseback riders, pageant winners,
city police, fire fighters, EMT personnel, and floats provided by local
businesses, churches and other organizations. Floats are judged and winners are
awarded prizes for their efforts. Winning is based on how closely a float
reflects the chosen theme for the year. After the Parade, citizens gather at
the courthouse and bring their children to see Santa Claus. At this time, a
ticket is drawn from those given to individuals who shopped at a business participating
in the Chamber Open House event and a prize is given that individual.
Chamber Awards Banquet
The Chamber hosts a yearly banquet to honor individuals who make a
difference in the Des Arc community. This event takes place in March at the Des
Arc Elementary School. Awards are given for the Educator, Business, Citizen,
Volunteer Firefighter, and Public Servant of the Year. An individual is invited
to speak at this event each year. Then awards are presented by Chamber members.
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Parks & Walking Trail
Des Arc has two parks at the end of Main Street overlooking the White River.
Both have covered pavilions for outdoor picnics. One park provides a playground
with equipment for children and the other provides a concrete boat access to the
White River. Des Arc also has a walking trail. The trail (trailhead) is located
directly behind the Prairie County Courthouse where it goes by the White River
where old steamboats docked at one time. The trail goes to the Des Arc High
School. It is a 10 foot wide paved trail with park benches along the way and is
lighted with old antique lamps. It is approximately 1/2 mile out and back in
The Lower White River Museum State Park
(LWRM) contains information, photographs,
and exhibits that explain and interpret the history of settlements on the banks
and surrounding areas of the lower White River where Des Arc is located. Early
commerce in the region is explained including hunting, fishing, and shelling,
and how it evolved into timber and agriculture. The museum also includes a
research room where visitors may search through materials such as cemetery
records and old newspapers and research their family history and genealogy.
Park staff provides special events and workshops throughout the year.
The Prairie County Log Cabin Museum, owned by Prairie County, is located next
door to the Lower White River Museum State Park. The museum includes a dogtrot
log cabin, a wash house, a potato house or smoke house, and an outhouse. The
log cabin is a replica of a late 1800's dogtrot cabin with a wood shingles
roof. It consists of two rooms with the kitchen and wood cook stove in one room
and the living and sleeping quarters with a
burning fireplace in the other. The two rooms are separated by an open
breezeway called the dogtrot. The log cabin is furnished to show a family's way
of life during early settlement days. All buildings in the Log Cabin Museum may
be toured with assistance from the museum staff.
Both museums are located at 2009 Main St. in Des Arc. For more information,
contact them at (870) 256-3711. Email: email@example.com.
Other points of interest include the Prairie County Court House, the library
(formerly the Presbyterian Church), and a few historic buildings that can be
viewed from the outside.
The Des Arc Parks and Recreation Board regulates and oversees many activities
for youth in the area. Leagues featuring baseball, softball, football and
basketball are available for the enjoyment of all ages.
Great hunting opportunities abound In the Des Arc/White River area.
White River Game Management area, Cache River Refuge, Black Swamp, and
Wattensaw Game Management Area are only minutes from downtown Des Arc. Game
such as deer, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, duck, and geese abound in these areas.
Lake Des Arc, White River, Cache River, and Bayou Des Arc provide
ample opportunities for the fishing enthusiast. The River Front Park, located
at the end of Main Street in Des Arc,
provides a public boat ramp to provide access to the White River. Park
amenities also include a playground, picnic spaces, pavilion, and a paved
The 9-Hole golf course at the Grand Prairie Country Club
(located at 682 Country Club Rd, Hazen) offers
nearby golf 14 miles south of Des Arc. For more information or to book a
t-time, call (870) 255-3043.
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Camping & RV Parks
3001. Highway 11 North
Hazen, AR 72064
T. Ricks is located off Interstate 40 at Exit 193 in Hazen, approximately 13
miles south of Des Arc, 40
miles east of Little Rock and 90 miles west of Memphis. T. Ricks offers 26
pull-through Recreational Vehicle sites, each with 20-Amp and 50-AmpService.
Full water and dump service is available. Campsite reservations are not
required, but suggested. Reservations and inquiries are directed to the
listed phone or fax number, or E-mail. If it is food you want, T.Ricks Citgo,
adjacent to the camping site, is a 24-hour convenience store featuring Subway
Lake Des Arc
Lake Des Arc, located 5 miles north of Des Arc on Highway 11, is a 953-acre
wildlife management area owned and operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission. For information on camp sites, contact Barbara Dry at
Lake Des Arc offers primitive campsites, as well as those with electrical
hookups, on Des Arc Lake, a 320-acre public fishing lake. Opportunities include
hunting, fishing, and bird watching. For more information, one may call
1-877-734-4581, or visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website at
www.agfc.com. Maps are
Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
Wattensaw WMA is owned and operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
and is located in Prairie County, Arkansas. Wattensaw WMA is located
approximately 11 miles south of Des Arc, 40 miles east of Little Rock, 93 miles west of Memphis, and 26
miles north of Stuttgart.
Wattensaw features 38 primitive camping sites with plenty of hunting and
fishing opportunities, there are three retriever trial areas, 28 target archery
ranges, and a concrete launch ramp.
For more information, one may call 1-877-734-4581 or visit the Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission website at
There are 2 motels located approximately 13 miles south of Des Arc on Hwy 11
and Interstate 40.
1552 Mammoth Drive
Hazen, AR 72064
Contact Person: Ann Patel
Super 8 Motel
4167 Hwy 63 North
Hazen, AR 72064
or for reservations: 1-800-800-8000
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