New Cabins at Moro Bay State Park Open September 25

For Immediate Release

Jersey -- Construction of five new cabins at Moro Bay State Park is complete and the cabins are now available for rent beginning Friday, September 25, according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. Funded by Amendment 75, Arkansas’s 1/8-cent conservation tax, these cabins are situated near the entrance to the park and overlook Moro Bay.

Each 1,100-square-foot cabin features a great room including a kitchen and dining area, two bedrooms, two bathrooms including spa tubs, and a screened porch facing the waters of Moro Bay. The cabins are fully-equipped. And, they include high definition satellite TV and wireless Internet access. On the bay side of each cabin is an outdoor living area featuring a table, grill and fire ring. One cabin is a barrier-free design to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities. Each cabin is elevated on piers so that when floodwaters from the Ouachita River affect the park, the cabins will be high above the water.

Butts said, “For those who want to experience the water resources of this popular recreational area uniquely situated where Moro Bay and Raymond Lake join the Ouachita River, these cabins will provide quality overnight accommodations.” Park Superintendent Paul Butler noted that park visitors and area residents are so excited about the cabins, a long hoped for addition to the park. He said, “Our cabin guests will have a birds-eye view of Moro Bay and they’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset each evening as the sun drops below the trees.” Butler continued, “The outdoor living area will be a perfect spot to enjoy wildlife watching and birdwatching, too.” He continued, “These cabins will be perfect for families, couples and outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy this park and its surrounding natural resources.”

For cabin rentals, he noted that the weekend rate for Friday and Saturday nights is $110.00 per night for up to four adults. The weekday rate for Sunday through Thursday nights is $105.00 per night for up to four adults. Each extra adult charge is $10.00 per night. Children age 12 and under stay free. The toll-free number for cabins reservations at Moro Bay State Park is: 1-866-994-0324. The architect/design consultant was Trull-Hollensworth Architects, Inc. of Magnolia. The contractor was Sullivan Construction Company of Warren.

The $1,594,534 construction project funded by Amendment 75, Arkansas’s 1/8-cent conservation tax, included the five cabins, site improvement, access, parking, utilities, and a new 825-square-foot laundry facility attached to the existing park maintenance building to service the cabins. Furnishings, fixtures and equipment for the cabins totaling $108,764 were also funded by Amendment 75.

The nine-member Ouachita River Commission is a partner in this construction project. The Commission funded the $115,519 for the design process that included a feasibility study and the development of biddable plans and specifications.

In addition to the new cabins, the park includes 20 campsites, a marina with boat rentals and a gas pump, store, trails, picnic sites, standard pavilion, playground, and the Moro Bay Ferry exhibit.

Moro Bay State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The park is 29 miles southwest of Warren on U.S. 63. From El Dorado, travel 23 miles northeast on U.S. 63. For more information about the park, contact: Paul Butler, park superintendent, Moro Bay State Park, 6071 Highway 600, Jersey, AR 71651. Phone: 870-463-8555. E-mail: paul.butler@arkansas.gov. Or, visit the Arkansas State Parks Web site at: ArkansasStateParks.com/MoroBay.
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