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Blue Lady Lodge

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Blue Lady Resort

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas next to LakeNorfolk is the Blue Lady Resort. Owned by Brian and Margie Roelands they offer an ideal get away for a family vacation. Although they have only had it for a short period of time their reputation is really taking off after buying the resort in 2005 after moving from California. That, of course, is because they offer great service at reasonable prices. The resort is located just outside of Gamaliel AR and they can be reached at 870-467-5115 or their website www.blueladyresort.comI advise that you book ahead of time as slots fill up rapidly especially during the summer. They have suites of 1-3 bedrooms with all the comforts of home. They have stoves, refrigerators, microwaves and other convenient utilities to cook and clean. A laundry room as well as cable TV is also available. A BBQ grill is available as is wine tasting. They have their own wine cellar and make it themselves carrying on a family tradition. It is a full service resort and can accommodate up to 70 people. Customized trips are available including weddings and receptions. If a corporation wants to entertain clients this is the place to take them. If you like fine wines, balsamic vinegars and fine olive oils then this is the place to go. They also do wine tasting’s and sell fine wine products. For more info go to http://www.raimondowinery.com/

LakeNorfolk is a very large lake 31,000 acres that has quite a few species of fish in case you want to drop in a line. They have some nice bass including Stripers, Large Mouth and Hybrids. Also there is Walleye, Crappie, Catfish, Bream as well as Brook and Brown Trout. There is a guide service and you would do well to utilize it if you want to catch a bunch of fish. Chuck knows where all the fish are and he will ensure your success. I was guided by Chuck and he knows how to find and catch fish!They also have boat rentals both pontoons and bass boats. If you want to take a cruise on the lake with the family then a pontoon is just for you. They are clean and well maintained as is all the equipment and cabins. Also you better bring along your camera as the lake is very scenic especially at sunrise or sunset. Also available is a 15 slip dock and a 10 X 20 fishing platform with pole holders and night lights. A cleaning station is also included. The fishing is a year around activity and the winters are relatively mild so that shouldn’t be a problem. In 2008 Field and Stream rated LakeNorfolk the number 2 fishing spot in the US. LakeNorfolk is consistently in the top three spots for fishing in the US.

If you want to employ a fishing guide I highly recommend Chuck Pate who can be reached at 870-491-5971 or 870-404-9604. He will ensure your success for a memorable trip. I would call ahead of time to make sure he is available. One on one fishing consultations are available and for more fishing info go to http://www.discoverlakenorfork.com/index.html

Bass we caught after just a couple of hours. Chuck the guide was great.

If you have kids that you want to bring along you are in luck. They have outdoor activities such as a swing set and bad mitten and volleyball court. A play gym and shuffleboard court is also available. There is room for them to roam about and a couple of friendly pooches to pet. There is also a swimming pool with a covered deck so the parents can watch the kids swim or take a dip themselves.There is also a bunch of board games and movies available if needed. With the nice weather they enjoy I can’t imaging anyone spending a lot of time indoors.

There are hiking trails with great scenery and plenty of wildlife to observe. Make sure you have your camera at all times as you never know when you get a chance at a great picture. There are scenic roads to travel also. If you need anything then the town of Mountain Home is about 13 miles away. They have everything you might need including a hospital. It would be hard to be bored in such a lovely spot. You can see deer practically all of the time so you better bring a camera.

Guided hunts are available and the area is well populated with deer. Short distances away bear and wild boar can also be hunted as well as small game. You can check ahead for seasons and guide information. If hunting is on the agenda I would recommend that you check out this website. It has all the info on seasons, places to hunt and other info. Of course you can book at the Blue Lady Resort for your hunting trip. They have about 20,000 acres of public land to hunt on http://www.norforklakechamber.com/hunting.htm

If you want a getaway with the family this is the ideal place to rest and relax. You’re out where it’s quiet and there is no crime to worry about. You can take nice pictures of the lake from the terrace as it is higher up. There are plenty of boats and jet skis to watch go up and down the lake. Come on down you won’t be sorry.

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