New bird blind opens at Lake Fayetteville

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A new public bird blind on the eastern shore of Lake Fayetteville opens this week.

Officials will dedicate the Mullhollan Waterfowl Blind at a grand opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 outside the new structure, located along the natural surface trail west of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Parking is available at the new Lake Fayetteville trail access lot at 4607 N. Crossover Road, just south of the garden. The walk from the lot should take about 15 minutes.

The 100-square-foot blind features a 12-foot ceiling height and includes multiple viewing windows, benches for seating, and display panels.

The project is a collaboration of the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society, the city’s parks and recreation department, and the community at large. The structure was designed by Michael Cockram of Bowerbird Designs and built in honor of the late Paige Mulhollan, along with his wife, Mary Bess Mulhollan, both longtime birding enthusiasts.

From a news release:

Diverse species of waterfowl migrate through the Northwest Arkansas area starting in late October and several species stay most of the winter through mid-May. The waterfowl blind provides space for birdwatching – many species are very wary of humans and are often hard to view without concealment.

For more information about the new blind, visit