LAKE OUACHITA STATE PARK
Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline.
Located just a short drive from the spa city of Hot Springs on the lake's eastern shore, Lake Ouachita State Park is your gateway to this popular water sports lake.
The park features historic Three Sisters' Springs. Fully-equipped cabins include seven that overlook the lake and one that offers a woods view. Park campgrounds feature 103 campsites (40 Class AAA, 25 Class B, 24 Class D, and 12 Hike-in Tent sites).
Other park facilities include picnic areas; trails; a swimming area and marina with boat rentals, bait and supplies. The park visitor center includes exhibits and a store.
Located in Arkansas, this park surrounds Lake Ouachita, the largest lake created by a dam within state boundaries. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes such as Caddo and Quapaw. European settlers arrived during the 19th century.
In 1955, Blakely Mountain Dam's construction led to Lake Ouachita's formation for flood control and hydroelectric power purposes. In response to growing recreational needs around the new lake, land on its eastern end became designated as public recreation space in 1965.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers managed it until transferring responsibility over to Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism in July 1986 under long-term lease agreement terms.
Since then significant improvements have been made including modern cabins with full amenities built along lakeshore areas providing visitors an immersive nature experience while ensuring comfort levels are maintained throughout their stay at one of America's most pristine freshwater environments.
Upstairs loft with 2 double beds. Downstairs bedrooms with one double bed. Living room and dining room. Kitchen with basic cooking utensils for six people. Towels and linens are furnished. Telephones with free local calls provided. Television with DVD provided. No pets, other than service animals. If max occupancy additional fees may apply.
Currently, the park's campgrounds include 50 campsites: Premium D, Preferred B, and Standard D (no hookups). Enhancements to Campground Area "A" will include the addition of 50 amp electrical service and full sewer hookups to all campsites. Campsite pads will be lengthened to accommodate larger RV units.