The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail traverses U.S. Forest lands that have long been popular hunting grounds in all seasons. All Trail users should be aware of these activities and not wear clothing that could be mistaken for wildlife. Bright colors and hunter orange eliminate most instances of mistaken identity.


We would like to remind everyone that modern gun deer season opens on November 14, 2020, and continues through December 6 in the Ouachita National Forest along the LOViT. Dogs are allowed to be used hunting for deer during this time. A second modern gun season is December 26-28, 2020. Note also these deer hunting dates: Archery - Sept. 26, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021; Muzzleloader - Oct. 17-25 and Dec. 12-14, 2020; Youth modern gun hunt - Nov. 7-8, 2020, and Jan. 2-3, 2021. Be especially careful and be sure to wear orange if you decide to hike or bike on the Trail during these times. We don't want anyone to get hurt or to cause conflicts between Trail users and hunters.

PLEASE visit the following link for more information regarding hunting seasons in Arkansas Be safe out there!!!.

LOViT – Sponsor A Bench

Bench adoptions are a very special way to support the LOViT in a tax deductible way.

Adopted benches include placement of a long-lived cast bronze plaque.  The wording on the plaque will include “Lake Ouachita Vista Trail” along the top, followed by up to four additional lines, limited to 38-40 characters per line (larger letters result in fewer characters per line). See the photograph below for an example.

Bench sites can be requested, but are on a first come, first served basis.

Hikers and bikers for years to come will see and appreciate your expression of honor for individuals or events special to you and your Family.

Bench sponsorship is $500.  Checks for the sponsorship tax deductible donation may be made out to “Friends of Lake Ouachita, Inc.” and mailed to:

Friends of Lake Ouachita
3812 Highway 270 East
Mount Ida, AR 71957

Please include your name, address, and email address with your contribution.

For all bench sponsorships, a statement acknowledging your contribution will be mailed to you at the end of the calendar year.

For more information, please send us an email message via the “Click to Send Us Email” link on the Home Page. We will contact you as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Plaque for the Hal Barnes Bench on the Tompkins Bend Trail Segment

Sponsor a Bench on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail


Sponsor a bench along the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail

Sponsor a bench along the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail