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Heartland Classics 2021 Hot Springs Classic
April 16-17, 2021

Springtime gathering at Hot Springs, Arkansas is the perfect way to launch into the boating season —

Friday, April 16, 2021

12:00 pm   Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf, 5101 Central Avenue (accessible by boat) Outside dining, max 10 per table seating, Dutch treat
1:30 pm   Guided boat tour of Lake Hamilton leaving from Fisherman’s Wharf docks
Friday evening is open. See list of restaurants and venues for suggestions.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

11:00 am   If you need a boat ride (or trip guide), meet at Bubba Brews’ dock. 1252 Airport Rd.
Be sure to indicate on your registration if you need a boat ride!
11:30 am   Lunch at Clay and Patty Thompson’s on Lake Hamilton (accessible by boat)  Outdoor hamburger lunch with all the fixings and drinks.
A donation jar will be set up to pay for lunch and small event expenses.
Afternoon – Time for individual or group cruises on Lake Hamilton.
6:00 pm   Happy Hour and dinner at Bubba Brews on Lake Hamilton (1252 Airport Road)


Questions?  Contact John Davenport
(479) 234-5102

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Itinerary Venues:

Bubba Brews –  1252 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR      Ph.    501 547-3186

Fisherman’s Wharf – 5101 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR     Ph.   501 525-7437

Clay and Patty Thompson – 715 Northshore Drive, Hot Springs, AR


Lodging Suggestions:

Note:  The Oaklawn horse racing season is still on during our April show.  Consequently, most lodging accommodations will be priced at higher rates.

Doubletree (former Clarion) 4813 Central Ave.  (866) 306-0946  $159/night plus $150 fee for use of the ramp and uncovered slip during stay.

Baymont by Wyndham. 5321 Central Avenue  (501 520 5522)    Call for rates. The Baymont is on the water and has uncovered slips for 6-8 boats.

The Hamilton, 1332 Airport Road  (501 767 3535) $143 (includes tax & fees) on the lakeside units with kitchenette.   10 covered slips are available.  The Hamilton is located on the west end of the Highway 70 bridge, across from Bubba Brews. The Hill Wheatley public boat ramp is located a short distance from The Hamilton.


Rolandos – 210 Central Avenue  (501) 318-6054  (Ecuadorian)
Mama’s Little Italy – 1020 Airport Road  (501) 881-4121 (Italian)
501 Prime – 215 East Grand Avenue  (501) 623-0202  (American)
Luna Bella – 104 Grand Isle Way  (501) 520-5862  (Italian)
Superior Bathhouse Brewery  – 329 Central Avenue  (501) 624-2337 (Craft beer and burgers)
Ohio Club – 336 Central Avenue  (501) 627-0702  (Hamburgers)
English Muffin – 4832 Central Avenue  (501) 525-2710  (Breakfast)

Downtown Attractions

Bath House Row (Hot Springs National Park)
Fordyce Bathhouse tour
Grand Promenade (walking tour)
Ohio Club
Arlington Hotel

Event Contacts

John & Marilyn Davenport
Phone: (479) 234-5102
Mike Langhorne
Phone: (501) 318-7666
Clay & Patty Thompson
Phone: (580) 471-5665

* Here are links to past Hot Springs Classic events.  

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.