It’s Here, Heartland Classics Spring Opener at Hot Springs, Arkansas!

Come get the boating season off to a great start on beautiful Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This event offers a variety of activities in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Two classic boating morning cruises, socials at area venues and restaurants and site seeing in the historic downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas.


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Thursday – April 4, 2019

6:00 PM   Early bird arrivals dinner at Beano’s Pizza, 2230 Malvern Avenue.

Friday – April 5, 2019

9:30 AM  Lake Hamilton morning cruise, rendezvous on the lake at the Clarion docks.
11:30 AM  Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf, 5101 Central Avenue (accessible by boat).
Afternoon free for tour of downtown and Bathhouse Row or more cruising.
3:45 PM   Meet at the historic Fordyce Bathhouse.  (101 Reserve St.) Meet first in Fordyce lobby.
4:00 PM   Tour (Free parking available at the Exchange Street Parking Plaza, 2 blocks away.
6:00 PM   Dinner and social hour at Rolando’s, 210 Central Avenue (2 blocks from the Fordyce).
After dinner rendezvous at the Ohio Club, 336 Central Avenue (1 block from the Fordyce)

Saturday – April 6, 2019

9:30 AM  Lake Hamilton cruise, rendezvous on the lake at the Clarion docks.
11:30 AM  Lunch at Clay and Patty’s on Lake Hamilton (accessible by boat).
1:30-3:30 PM   Display of boats on the docks at Bubba Brew’s, 1252 Airport Road.
6:30 PM   Dinner and social hour at the Back Porch Grill, 4810 Central Avenue located at Sunbay Resort, across Highway 7 from the Clarion.

Open for Lodging Suggestions
  • Baymont by Wyndham, 5321 Central Avenue (501 520 5522)
    Starting at $79, free breakfast and Wifi. The Baymont is on the water and has uncovered slips for 6-8 boats. Additional space for boats is available at Paul Hastings residence a short distance (150 Yards) from the Baymont.

  • StayBridge Suites, 103 Lookout Circle (501 525 6500)
    Queen bed studio starting at $226. Staybridge is not on the water but is located directly across the street from Paul Hastings residence where we will launch boats and store trailers.

  • Sunbay Resorts, 4810 Central Avenue, (501 5254691)
    1 and 2-bedroom Condos starting at $129. Sunbay is on the water with spacious uncovered dock space.

  • Country Inn Lake Resort, 1332 Airport Road, (501 767 3535)
    $95 off lake, $146 on the lake with kitchenette and a 2-night minimum during racing season. Located on the west end of the Highway 70 bridge. 8 covered slips are available.

Open for Boat Ramp & Trailer Storage
  • Access to the Clarion boat ramp and docks are unavailable due to hotel renovation project.

    • This year we will be launching boats and storing trailers at Paul Hastings residence, located at 100 Lookout Circle, just across the street from the StayBridge Suites. Boat trailers can be left at Paul’s residence.
    • Additional options: The Country Inn is 2.5 miles up the lake from the Clarion and the Hill Wheatley public boat ramp is located a short distance from the Country Inn.

Event Contacts

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


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.

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