On Thursday, August 27th, Central Arkansas Water (CAW) hosted a public workshop to discuss a proposed recreation plan for Lake Maumelle, Lake Winona and adjacent CAW property. This meeting provided a significant opportunity for mountain biking in central Arkansas as the section of the Ouachita Trail along the north shore of Lake Maumelle is currently closed to mountain bikes. CATA members and others from the Arkansas mountain biking community attended to urge CAW to include mountain bike access in its recreation plan for Lake Maumelle.
CATA has met with CAW and requested that mountain bikes be permitted on this section of the trail, but to date, these requests have been denied. However, CAW representatives assured us that there would be an opportunity to make a case for opening the trail to mountain bikes - this meeting was that opportunity.
CAW held the workshop to seek input and recommendations in order to “evaluate the water quality compatibility of current and potential recreation activities.”