Recreation
Paddler's Post:  SWEPCO Lake

Paddler’s Post: SWEPCO Lake

Have the winter blues got you down?  Is your fishing gear collecting dust because the cold water has lulled the bass into a winter sleep?  Then perhaps it’s time to check out SWEPCO Lake.  The 1.1 million acres of the Illinois River Watershed hold 10 public lakes – each of them man-made.  But SWEPCO Lake...
An Artist's Love

An Artist’s Love

It’s interesting what we come to love in life. In 2013, I came to love the Illinois River Watershed for all the reasons love grows: it’s beautiful, it needs help, it gives back. Illinois River Watershed Partnership is doing so much to foster this appreciation, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be the Artist...
Paddler's Post: 10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

Paddler’s Post: 10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

Looking for an adventure getaway close to home? In this edition of Paddler’s Post, we’ll highlight ten adventure destinations in the Illinois River Watershed that every outdoor enthusiast should know about. Our watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the...
Explore Our Watershed With A New Nature Trail

Explore Our Watershed With A New Nature Trail

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership wants you to “Take a HIKE” with us at our 30 acre Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, Arkansas for the National Take A Hike day on Sunday, November 17th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Find this historical staircase on the nature trail The IRWP is staying true to its mission statement by...
Paddler's Post: Floating Down and Bagging Up

Paddler’s Post: Floating Down and Bagging Up

In this edition of Paddler’s Post, we follow seven adventuresome volunteers as they float down the Illinois River from Fisher Ford Bridge to the Oklahoma state line during the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s fall float and cleanup event.   Saturday, November 2, 2013 It was the peak of leaf-gawking season.  Reds and yellows and vibrant...
The Great Watershed Quest

The Great Watershed Quest

The Illinois River Watershed encompasses 1.1-million acres in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma and boasts over 3,000 miles of streams just waiting to be explored.  Some prefer to make their expedition by canoe.  Others hike, bike, or run.  There are numerous ways to get out and enjoy the natural splendor of our watershed, but Geocaching...
100 Years Later... Draining the Lake at Cave Springs

100 Years Later… Draining the Lake at Cave Springs

“There it went” signaled Dale Gunter, Chief Engineer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, as the control gate of the former Lake Keith had indeed been pulled and the water that had been impounded to form Lake Keith was draining under a state highway, to an outfall that flowed through two small ponds, that...
And the Winners Are...

And the Winners Are…

Something magical has been happening in the Illinois River Watershed. Nature loving artists have been trekking through pastures, along streams and across meadows to capture the beauty in their brush strokes. Vivid layers of oil, dabs of acrylic and gentle washes of water color — the landscape of NW Arkansas and NE Oklahoma came to...
A New Chapter for the Lake at Cave Springs

A New Chapter for the Lake at Cave Springs

Tucked away in the urban headwaters of the Illinois River Watershed in the middle of Cave Springs, Arkansas is a six-acre lake, nestled in 24 acres of woods and fed by a fresh spring. Today, most people know the Lake at Cave Springs only from the glimpse through a chain link fence that they drive...
Seeing the Beauty Around Us -- The Illinois River Salon

Seeing the Beauty Around Us — The Illinois River Salon

We are pleased to feature a guest author this week, John P. Lasater IV, who also serves as the IRWP Artist in Residence for 2013.  John is a full-time artist living in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. His studio overlooks the beautiful Illinois River valley on the border of Oklahoma. He is also the co-founder of Heart...
Paddler's Post - An Illinois River Float

Paddler’s Post – An Illinois River Float

The Illinois River and the maze of creeks and streams flowing into it make for a diverse playground in our watershed. There is no substitute for getting out on the water to gain a true appreciation for our wonderful waters. Their amazing beauty is the reason we are so invested in preserving, protecting, and restoring this...