A Short Drive West

Leave town on Eighth Street (which becomes State Hwy 52) to the lake. Visit the free aquarium on the left (in summer), pass by the marina and look for three big crosses on a hilltop marking the House of Mary Shrine, a tranquil place hosted by local Catholics who welcome anyone seeking a bit of tranquility. Follow Highway 52 to the Gavins Point exit and take a hike on Chalk Bluffs Trail, with great views of the lake. Return on Highway 52 and enjoy refreshments at Stringers, Cottonwood Corral or the Marina Bar & Grill — all popular “river rat” hangouts.

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