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Picnics, Swimming, and Fishing

If you like fly-fishing, the many sycamore shaded pools of fast-flowing water behind the island are a perfect place to test your angling skills. Cast fishing for large and small-mouth bass, walleye, brim, and crappie is a good thing to do on a lazy afternoon. The fishing is excellent on the Eleven Point River.

The river is the jewel of this crown. It provides an absolutely beautiful ambiance for swimming, fishing, canoeing*, or picnicking. Summer brings on a thick jungle foliage that borders the twisting shoreline, abundant with mammoth grapevines that lace the huge old trees . There are cleared areas with chairs along the riverís edge that are great for these activities. There is a swimming hole that would make Norman Rockwell jealous. Back at the cottages a small private river-park has been built for our guests' pleasure just below each cottage's back porch area. A canoe and kayak launching ramp has been built here, with a large picnic area and table for your convenience. This is a private little park for Shady River only. A short walk up the winding trail leads you back to the cottage, or take the electric kart, itís very quiet, and yours to use to get around to all the wonderful nature-trails and river spots on the Shady River Farm.

Donít forget an Arkansas fishing license. Itís cheap and available at Walmart and most hardware and bait stores.


*Shady River provides a canoe, kayaks, and tubes, along with the necessary personal flotation and safety devices. Due to insurance regulations, all equipment, including the electric kart, is for use by Shady River registered guests only.

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Some Shady River Swimming & Picnicking Photos
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