STAR CITY — A 2-hour junior fishing derby and bream fishing are among the activities events on tap this weekend at Cane Creek State Park in Star City.
On July 27, parents can spend the morning relaxing while watching their junior anglers compete for the highest weight caught during an informal fishing derby. The activity is open to teens and children 15 years and younger. Prizes will be awarded. Load up your pole and bait and meet at the Cane Creek Visitor Center at 8 a.m. Saturday. Cane Creek will provide a pole to those who do not have one.
Other Saturday activities include bream fishing, feed the critters, history of Cane Creek and fashion a fish:
10:30 a.m. – Breamfishing (1 hour) Join Park Interpreter Don to visit a good bream fishing spot. We have poles to borrow, or you can bring your own. Meeting place: Visitor Center
1:30 p.m. – Feed the Critters (30 minutes). Ever wonder how or what an alligator or turtle eats? Well, it’s dinner time and the critters are hungry. Come watch their eating habits and learn all about the animals at Cane Creek State Park. Meeting place: Visitor Center
3 p.m. – History of Cane Creek (30 minutes) Join a park interpreter to look into Cane Creek Lake’s past. Learn about what used to go on and how people used to live in the area that is now Cane Creek State Park. We will look at modern history, including agriculture and silviculture, and we will look back further at Native Americans that used to inhabit the area. We will even have a few artifacts on hand to inspect. Meeting place: Visitor Center
1:30 p.m. – Fashion a Fish(45 minutes) Why are catfish flat and bulky, but bluegills are skinny and circular? Why do some fish eat insects from the surface while others feed from the bottom at night? This is your chance to learn about different species of fish and how they live and feed. Plus, you’ll get to invent a fish species and make one of your own to take home. Meeting place: Visitor Center
Activities scheduled for Sunday, July 28 include:
9:45 a.m. Fold a Frog (45 minutes) The animals and plants at Arkansas State Parks are protected, which means you can’t take them home as pets. But, if you would like a pet frog, join a park interpreter to make your own. You’ll end up with a handmade jumping frog. Meeting place: Visitor Center
10:30 a.m. – Lily Pad Challenge (45 minutes) Have you ever seen a frog sitting on a lily pad? Frogs use lily pads to navigate across lakes like Cane Creek Lake, in a similar way that humans use sidewalks. Do you think you could make it as a bullfrog, hopping from lily pad to lily pad? Come join Park Interpreter Don for this puzzling activity. Afterwards, join him on the trail to look for real frogs and toads! Meeting place: Visitor Center
11:00 a.m. – Herpetology Hike (45 minutes) Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. What “herps” would you expect to see around Cane Creek State Park? Join a park interpreter to see what animals you can find on this short walk. Meeting place: Visitor Center