Water Trail Distances
Grassy Lake Loop – 3.3 miles
Bell Slough Spur – 1 mile out-and-back
Grassy Lake Access
Grassy Lake Greentree Reservoir is a wetland with seasonal paddling. Water is held during winter to provide habitat for waterfowl and released during spring to avoid damage to hardwood trees (call the AGFC Russellville Office for details). Always keep a trail marker in sight; the route is not always distinct so a GPS unit, map and compass are needed.
The Grassy Lake Water Trail passes through Camp Robinson on the eastern side of the loop (see map). Boaters must stay in their vessels on this section of the trail.
Don't Get a Ticket
According to Arkansas law, children 12 and under must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and anyone on a boat must have one ready to use. Vessels 16 feet and longer must have a throwable life preserver (type IV) aboard. Glass containers are illegal in boats such as canoes that can be easily swamped. Paddlers must securely fasten cooler lids, use attached litter bags and use floating holders for beverages.
Wildlife and Habitat
Cypress-tupelo lakes and sloughs provide excellent opportunities to see wildlife. Watch for nesting herons in spring - along with migrating songbirds - and listen for gobbling wild turkeys. This area is rich in reptile and amphibian life, from cottonmouths to harmless water snakes. Listen for booming calls of bullfrogs and the high-pitched chorus of spring peepers, while beavers sun atop lodges. Migrating waterfowl such as mallards, northern shovelers and gadwalls stop during their travels.
Boating hours are limited during waterfowl hunting seasons. Check www.agfc.com/hunting/Pages/HuntingWaterfowl.aspx
or the Arkansas Waterfowl Hunting Guidebook
Fluctuating water does not provide a stable environment for most fish, although tolerant fish such as carp bowfin, gar and buffalo are common in Grassy Lake. Nearby Palarm Creek is a good place to catch crappie and catfish, and Lake Conway also offers largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish.
Faulkner County EMS 911
Faulkner County Sheriff 501-450-4914
AGFC Russellville Office 877-967-7577
Wildlife Hotline 800-440-1477