Loon's song is spirit of the wild at Beaver Lake

Posted: December 5, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Joe Neal admires a bluff at Beaver Lake during a boat trip to look for loons in late October. Loons sing a mesmerizing song during late fall and winter.

Winter guests take their place when summertime lake visitors mothball their boats as temperatures fall.

Loons, seen here at Beaver Lake near Prairie Creek park, are migratory waterfowl just like ducks and geese.

Loons a bonus on eagle cruises

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area adds more eagle-viewing cruises on Beaver Lake for the holidays where loons and other birds might also be seen.

Trips take place this Saturday and Sunday, as well as Dec. 16-17, Dec. 22-23, Dec. 27-31 and Jan 1. Cruises set sail at 3 p.m. aboard the park’s pontoon boat. Trips last about 90 minutes.

Cost is $10 for adults or $5 for children age 6-12. There’s no charge for kids 6 and under. Make reservations by calling the park visitor center, 479-789-5000 or stopping by the center on Arkansas 12 one-quarter mile east of War Eagle Road.

Source: Staff report

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