Category Archives: Little Rock District

Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course Opens at Greers Ferry Lake

By Jay Woods

The Little Rock District’s, Greers Ferry Project Office just added another recreation activity to its arsenal.  The Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course located behind the Carl R. Garner Visitor Center recently opened, allowing disc golfers to play for free.

The 18-hole course offers challenges for the beginning or experienced disc golfer.  The course is not just an open field where you just throw the disc as far as you can.  There are tree lined fairways, holes that are surrounded by trees and there is even one hole where you have to throw long and accurately over a small pond.

“This course is great because it offers a variety of several different shots,” said J.P. Hodges a local disc golfer. “It’s not just an open course.  You will have to use your backhand or forehand for some throws.  You will be tested at every level.”

Hole 1
Each hole at Mossy Bluff has a sign that shows the hole layout.

Disc golfers from around the Mid-South are coming to Greers Ferry to play the course.  They have traveled from Memphis, Little Rock, Bryant and Russellville to play a round at Mossy Bluff.

About 50 people showed up for the opening ceremonies including representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cleburne County Road Department, Boy Scout Troop 200 and JM Services, LLC. Each of these groups volunteered their time and equipment to develop the course.
About 50 people showed up for the opening ceremonies including representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cleburne County Road Department, Boy Scout Troop 200 and JM Services, LLC. Each of these groups volunteered their time and equipment to develop the course.

Putting time in to building the disc golf course also met the standards set in the Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Strategic Plan.  It states the Corps will promote and engage members of the community, military, and public to participate in healthy outdoor activities on Corps lands and water.  Corps projects also provide recreational opportunities that serve regional communities by being a place for people to pursue active recreation and healthy lifestyles, and for friends and families to spend time together connecting with each other and the natural world.

“If you come to the lake you either swim, boat, or sit around your campsite,” said Jake Logan, Greers Ferry natural resource specialist and course designer.  “This course gives you a chance to get out and exercise without having to pay a fee.”

Jake Logan, Greers Ferry Park Ranger and course designer shows the three disc you need to play a round of disc golf.
Jake Logan, Greers Ferry Park Ranger and course designer shows the three disc you need to play a round of disc golf.

The course was built by volunteers from the Corps’ Greers Ferry Project Office, Cleburne County Road Department, JM Services, LLC and Boy Scout Troop 200.

The challenging 18-hole course offers hilly terrain, tree lined fairways and even a water hole.
The challenging 18-hole course offers hilly terrain, tree lined fairways and even a water hole.

Additionally, two scouts from Troop 200 completed their Eagle Scout projects by installing the tee boxes for the course.

The Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Disc rental is not available so you will have to bring your own disc.  However, you can buy a starter set of three disc for around $30 at most sporting goods store.

Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course Opens
Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course offers 18 challenging holes for the beginner or the avid disc golfer.

 

 

Last Disc Golf Photo
Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course.

So, come on out and try your luck at Mossy Bluff. You may even make new friends on the course.


Lifesaving fishermen recognized

by Jay Townsend

On March 5, 2016 two high school tournament fishermen along with an adult boat captain abandoned their quest for big bass glory to save a canoer from drowning in Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas.

While fishing in a local tournament, boat captain Micah Piker a combat medic in the Arkansas National Guard along with his brother, high school fishermen David Piker from Pottsville, Arkansas and Nick Kuras from Dardanelle, Arkansas heard yelling from a small group kayaks and canoes in the water that appeared to be in distress and noticed emergency vehicles on the opposite shoreline of the cove they were in.

Micah Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim on Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.
Micah Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim in Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.

The fishermen quickly reeled in their lines and headed towards the commotion. When the fishermen turned first responders arrived they found a capsized canoe and a man wearing a life jacket floating face down in the frigid 55 degree water. The two other young paddlers, his grandchildren, at the scene were unable to roll him over in the water.

Nick Kuras receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim on Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.
Nick Kuras receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim in Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.

Kuras and the Piker brothers quickly pulled the victim into their boat. Recognizing the severity of the situation Micah Piker started CPR, Nick Piker rendered first aid while Kuras drove the boat to the opposite shore where an ambulance was waiting.

David Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim on Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.
David Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim in Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.

Without a doubt the fast actions of Kuras and the Pikers provided the victim with a chance of survival by preventing his drowning. Their actions were commended by Little Rock District, Corps of Engineers Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan in front of their peers and family at Pottsville High School on March 29, 2016.

Three fishermen were recognized by Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers and Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan in front of their peers and Family at Pottsville High School on March 29, 2016. The three men pulled a potential drowning victim from Lake Dardanelle, rendered CPR and first aid as well as transporting him to a nearby ambulance. (left to right) Park Ranger Miles Johnson, Micah Piker, David Piker, Nick Kuras, Park Ranger Patrick Callahan and Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan.
Three fishermen were recognized by Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers and Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan in front of their peers and Family at Pottsville High School on March 29, 2016. The three men pulled a potential drowning victim from Lake Dardanelle, rendered CPR and first aid as well as transporting him to a nearby ambulance. (left to right) Park Ranger Miles Johnson, Micah Piker, David Piker, Nick Kuras, Park Ranger Patrick Callahan and Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan.

The victim ultimately passed away on March 9, 2016 from other health related issues. Without the fishermen’s quick response two grandchildren could have watched their grandfather drown that day.