Heavy flooding across Arkansas is forcing campground closures in hard hit areas.
The rain stopped over the weekend but high water continues to threaten flood prone areas and restrict access to popular tourist spots near Lake Ouachita and other lakes where local businesses are fighting flooding with a bit of creativity.
driane Barnes with Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa on Lake Ouachita says June kicks off the most important time of the year for local resorts and they don’t want high water to wash away their hopes for a successful summer season.
“A closed sign does kinda make you want to cry. June and July are supposed to be the busiest most fun times on the lake,” says Barnes.
Monday a forest ranger set out warning signs at the Mountain Harbor boat ramp leading into Lake Ouachita to keep people from taking off from the flooded area.
Barnes says the lake is roughly eight feet above pool stage. At this height it’s covering the boat ramp and part of the parking lot.
But Barnes insists a few signs and a few extra feet of water can’t stop their show.
“We will find a way to make your vacation happen,” she says.
While the walkways are covered Dreamchaser employees are ferrying families back and forth to their house boats.
The Corps of Engineers also shut down neighboring campgrounds, such as Joplin, cut off by high water. Barnes says, Mountain Harbor remains open and willing to go the extra mile to keep Mother Nature from sinking your summer fun.