Camping At Toad Suck Beside The Arkansas River (#630)

The Army Corp of Engineers did an amazing thing on the Arkansas River.  They built a dam with a bridge on top and a canal lock on one side.  Talk about multitasking!

Arkansas River Dam with Bridge at Toad Suck

Arkansas River Dam with Bridge at Toad Suck

 

While the dam controls water flow on the river, the canal lock allows for barges to go up and down the river and the bridge on top is a busy thoroughfare for travelers.

Barge being pushed along by a Tugboat after descending thru the Lock.

Barge being pushed along by a Tugboat after descending thru the Lock.

Added to that is a wonderful campground where I stayed the night; lulled to sleep by the gentle waves on the river.

Camped at Toad Suck Park

Camped at Toad Suck Park

The campground is known by the oddest of names: Toad Suck campground.  It seems that years ago when boats moored on the river, a good place to park the boat was called a suck.  So the name Toad Suck stuck to this day.

oxo ~ Annie

The remains of a huge tree. This stump has a 90 inch diameter

The remains of a huge tree in the campground.
This stump has a 90 inch diameter.

 

About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Grateful for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace. Inhale love; exhale gratitude.
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2 Responses to Camping At Toad Suck Beside The Arkansas River (#630)

  1. Sherrill Parry says:

    Quite a bridge. I just love the name of that place. Cracks me up every time. Great pictures too. As always.

  2. Alice says:

    Oh, that tree must have been magnificent! I wonder what happened to it. I see the hollow spot – wonder if it was diseased and falling apart, or if the hollow spot grew after it was cut. I love the deep folds in the trunk. What an interesting place – name and all!

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