Heartland Classics 2024 Hot Springs Classic on Lake Hamilton
 April 19 and 20, 2024

with a pre-event on April 18th on Lake Ouachita

 It’s the SPRING opener for boating season in the Heartland. 

Lake Hamilton will be surrounded by SPRING green in the hills, beautiful homes and landscaping on the shoreline, and sunshine on blue water just made for cruising.

Hot Springs Event Schedule 2024

April 18th (Thursday)

Pre-event cruise on Lake Ouachita.  The Cruise (approximately 50 miles) will start at 10:00 am from the Mountain Harbor Marina.      Lunch stop at Shangri La (Thompkins Bend).  Ramp located at the marina and covered slips.

Early arrivals dinner on the 17th at Mt Harbor Restaurant, 6:30 PM. Accommodations listed below.  It’s a 26-mile drive from Mt Harbor to Hot Springs.  You can choose to spend a second night at Mt Harbor or load your boat Thursday afternoon and drive to your accommodations for a Friday morning launch.

April 19th (Friday)

Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf at 12:00 noon, 5101 Central Ave. (Dutch treat).

Captain’s meeting at 1:30 PM on the docks at Fisherman’s Wharf, then depart for afternoon cruise on Lake Hamilton returning to Fisherman’s Wharf by 3:30 PM.

(If you need a ride on one of the boats see John Davenport at the Captain’s meeting.)

Dinner at Grateful Head (Pizza) at 6:30 PM.  100 Exchange Street (Located 75 yards from public parking garage on Exchange St) (Dutch treat).

April 20th (Saturday)

Hamburger Lunch (Included in event fee) and social at Clay and Patty Thompsons on Lake Hamilton beginning at 11:30 AM. Their address is: 715 NorthShore, Hot Springs, AR.

For those needing a ride to Clay and Patty’s by boat meet on the docks of Bubba Brews at 11:00 AM.  Bubba Brews is located at 1252 Airport Road.

Saturday afternoon will be an optional Lake Hamilton cruise ending at Bubba Brews at 3:00 PM for early Happy Hour or continue the social at Clay and Patty’s, then meet with the crew at Bubba Brews.

Dinner at Rolando’s (Ecuadorian cuisine) at 6:30 PM, 210 Central Ave.   Cash bar, Dutch Treat.  Limited parking on the roof adjacent to Rolandos.

Registration Procedure

Registration fee is $25 per person. This includes lunch at Clay and Patty Thompsons on Saturday.

There is no fee to register your boat, however boat information is requested with your registration.

Online Registration is requested by April 12th. Register online by clicking on the button below.

Lodging reservations should be made individually by participants.  Suggested Lodging locations with Boat Slip availability are listed below.


Please complete and submit the registration form by April 12th.

Suggested Lodging Accommodations – Make Your Own Reservations

The Hamilton

1332 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR
(501) 767-3535  https://thehamiltonvr.com/

Launch boats at nearby Hill Wheatley Park public ramp.  Covered slips available on first come first serve basis.  Limited trailer parking.

Double Tree Hotel

4813 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR
(501 525 1391)

Onsite ramp and uncovered slips available for a per visit fee.

Best Court

638 Ouachita, Hot Springs
(855) 516-1090

Off-lake lodging in a restored 1940’s era motor court near downtown Hot Springs.  On-site restaurant with an excellent breakfast.


One more option …

The Baymont, a Wyndham Hotel

5321 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR

(501) 520‑5522




for the Pre-Event on Lake Ouachita

for Wednesday and/or Thursday nights,

consider the Mountain Harbor –> 

…or stay in Hot Springs and commute the approx 21 miles to Lake Ouachita.


Mountain Harbor 

994 Mt Harbor Rd, Mt Ida, AR
(26-miles toThe Hamilton)
(800) 832 2276
$141.61 / night

Mention Heartland Classics for a complimentary slip in K or L dock.

THANKS to the committee chaired by John & Marilyn Davenport for planning the event and their generosity in hosting members and classic boats for this early spring kick-off to the 2024 Boating Season!

The Annual Spring Opener at Lake Hamilton, AR

The Hot Springs Classic is held in April each year to welcome boaters to the boating season. Event dates are determined by the calendar of the Easter holiday and when the Arkansas Derby Day is held.

In the past, this spring opener has included boating on Lake Ouachita, Lake Hamilton and a pre-event in Little Rock, AR.

Arkansas offers even more for travelers when attending this event such as; Garvan Gardens, Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs Mountain, museums, historic gangster hangouts, and more.