LAKE CHARLES, AR--Region 8 couldn't have asked for much better weather this weekend. Those quality temperatures had many residents heading to the nearest lake and enjoying the three day weekend.
It's the unofficial kickoff of summer and plenty of people like Trumann resident Natalie White packed up the car and headed to the lake to celebrate Memorial Day.
"Having some fun, bringing a couple friends with you and just chillin," said White.
While the weather was nice most of the weekend the big question on everyone's mind as they jumped into their bathing suits for the first time this year was how is the water?
"In the water there are a couple of cold spots," said Walnut Ridge resident Cody Daughertree.
The cold spots didn't prevent Daughertree or others from enjoying the water. However, according to Cassidy Arnold the lake's about more than just swimming.
"It's fun you get to meet new people, just have more fun with friends and just build whatever in the sand," said Arnold.
While thousands took a dip, it wasn't the only way to spend the Memorial Day weekend. Plenty others broke out the rod and reel to get the next big catch.
"They are biting a whole bunch," said Trumann's Tyler Arnold.
For Arnold night crawlers were the bait of choice and with Lake Charles' reputation, he had some lofty goals, but after a couple big catches, he and his buddy realized their cookout wasn't going to include fish.
"Have the family out, cook a couple hotdogs and stuff," said Arnold.
No matter your tastes, a quality spread will help to make the day taste just a little bit better.
"Some sandwiches, a hot dog, just that stuff that tastes real good on the grill," said Arnold.
With barbecue's going on all around Region 8, you don't have to go far to hear that sizzle.
"Nice medium fire, you don't want it to be too hot, just my personal opinion and let them cook nice and slow and easy," said Tim Arnold.
Slap it on a bun and the results speak for themselves.