It’s spring in the Ozarks and that means it’s time to get outdoors and play! The annual War Eagle Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Keith Ham Pavilion at Withrow Springs State Park, 5 miles north of Huntsville, Ark., off of Hwy. 23. This event is free and open to the public. The canoe and kayak float and cleanup will be from 9-11 a.m. on the War Eagle. For non-floaters, go to the pavilion beginning at 10 a.m. for hands-on education activities, nature walks and lunch. Then from 1-2 p.m., a Once a River Concert will be performed by Donna and Kelly Mulhollan of Still on the Hill. An Ozark instrument show and tell, as well as Q&A, will follow. More information is available on the Beaver Water District Facebook page. Or call Withrow Springs State Park at (479) 559-2593.
Event partners and sponsors include William Rufus Stephens, Jr Memorial Fund, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, Arvest Bank, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas State Parks (Withrow Springs State Park & Hobbs State Park), Arkansas Master Naturalists, Lewis & Clark, War Eagle Mill, Arkansas Canoe Club, Huntsville Fire Department, Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling, Madison County Record, Madison Coffee House, Wal-Mart, Ma and Pa’s Bent & Dent, Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas, Ozarks Water Watch, Ozark Mountain Trading Company, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and Beaver Water District.
War Eagle is a sub-watershed of Beaver Lake Watershed. A watershed is an area of land that drains water, sediment, and dissolved materials to a common receiving body or outlet, which in this case is Beaver Lake, the primary source of drinking water for most of Northwest Arkansas. The purpose of the event is to draw attention to the rich history of War Eagle and the many benefits that War Eagle Creek brings to Madison County and Northwest Arkansas.