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Lake Ouachita Field Office, Royal, AR  71968

Albert Pike Recreation Area (F-2)

  • Location:

    5 miles southwest of Glenwood on U.S. 70, then west 13 miles on Hwy. 84 to Langley, then right on Hwy. 369 for 6.1 miles.

Bard Springs Recreation Area & Campground (F-2)

  • Campsites:

    17 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    19 miles west of Norman on Hwy. 8 to Big Fork, then 10 miles south on gravel Forest Road 38, then east one mile on gravel Forest Road 106. (Caddo Ranger District, Glenwood, AR 71943. PHONE: (870) 356-4186)
  • Attractions:

    Small swimming area, hiking trails, fishing.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic shelter, showers. (Open year-round). User’s fee charged.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Big Brushy Recreation Area & Campground (E-2)

  • Location:

    Six miles northwest of Pencil Bluff on U.S. 270.
  • Attractions:

    This day-use area only offers hiking, biking and fishing. The recreation area is currently closed, please call for status.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic shelter, playground, volleyball court (open year-round). Six accessible sites.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible

Camp Clearfork Recreation Area (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Group Use Area, up to 76 people
  • Location:

    20 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270. (Womble Ranger District, Mount Ida, AR 71957. PHONE: 870-867-2101
  • Attractions:

    Swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and field sports.
  • Facilities:

    76 person total capacity; 4 cabins; 6 bunkhouses. Showers available.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Charlton Recreation Area & Campground (F-3)

  • Campsites:

    57 RV/Tent: 10 with W/E/S; 20 with W/E
  • Location:

    20 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270. (Womble Ranger District, Mount Ida, AR 71957. PHONE: 501-867-2101)
  • Attractions:

    Located near Lake Ouachita. Swimming, mountain streams, tree identification interpretive trail. Mountain bike and hiking trail to Lake Ouachita. Outdoor programs in season.
  • Facilities:

    Central flush toilets, showers, water, picnic sites/trailer dump station, group picnic shelter and camp area, playground. Room for large RVs/campers (open May-October). User's fee charged.
    *NOTE: Some facilities are accessible to the physically challenged.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Crystal Recreation Area & Campground (F-3)

  • Campsites:

    9 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    1 mile north of Norman on Hwy. 27, then turn east for 3 miles on gravel Forest Road 177.
  • Attractions:

    Swimming, hiking trail, scenic drives.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic shelter. Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Crystal Springs Recreation Area & Campground (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    63 RV/Tent with W/E; 11 Tent; Group Camping Area
  • Location:

    16.8 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270, then 1.5 miles north on Crystal Springs Road.
  • Attractions:

    Crystal Springs Day Use Area with picnic area, playground, pavilions, amphitheatre; Crystal Springs Resort with full service marina, boat rental, restaurant nearby.
  • Facilities:

    Flush toilets, water, showers, boat ramp, dump station, picnic area, pavilions, day use swim beaches with change house and playground, amphitheater, hiking trail, fish cleaning station. Pets must be leashed at all times. User's fee charged.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Dragover Float Camp Recreation Area (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day-use only
  • Location:

    4 miles east of Sims on Hwy. 88, then south on gravel CR97 for 2 miles. (Mena Ranger District, Mena, AR 71953. PHONE: 479-394-2382)
  • Attractions:

    Float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic sites, canoe access. (Open year-round) (Some facilities are accessible to the physically challenged.)
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible

Fulton Branch Float Camp (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    1 mile northeast of Mount Ida on Hwy. 27, then north at sign for 6 miles on gravel road. Watch for signs.
  • Attractions:

    Float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking, canoeing. Womble Trail connects to Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
  • Facilities:

    Picnic sites, canoe access, vault toilets (open year-round). Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Iron Springs Recreation Area (E-4)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area
  • Location:

    On Ark. Scenic 7 Byway, 4.5 miles north of Jessieville
  • Attractions:

    Wooded roadside setting on stream near historic springs.
  • Facilities:

    Day use area, picnicking, three shelters, vault toilet, accessible walkway to springs, hiking in area.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible

Jack Creek Recreation Area & Campground (D-2)

  • Campsites:

    5 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    2 miles south of Booneville on Hwy. 23; then east for 1 mile on Hwy. 116; then south 4 miles on paved County Road; then south 1 mile on Forest Road 19: then east 1 mile on paved Forest Road 141. (Cold Springs Ranger District, Booneville, AR 72927. PHONE: 479-675-3233 or 479-637-4174)
  • Attractions:

    Scenic bluffs, natural pool in creek, swimming, fishing, hiking.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic area with a group shelter. Vault toilets are accessible to the physically challenged. (Open May-Sep.)
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Knoppers Ford Recreation Area & Campground (D-2)

  • Campsites:

    12 RV/Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    2 miles south of Booneville on Hwy. 23, then east 1 mile on Hwy. 116, then south at sign for 7 miles on paved County Road 19, then 3 miles south on gravel Forest Road 19. (Cold Springs Ranger District, Booneville, AR 72927. PHONE: 479-675-3233 or 479-637-4174)
  • Attractions:

    Natural pool in creek, swimming, fishing, nearby multi-use hiking trail.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic sites. (Open year-round). User’s fee charged for camp area.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Lake Sylvia Recreation Area & Campground (E-4)

  • Campsites:

    19 RV with W/E; 8 Tent with no hookups; Group camping facility
  • Location:

    9 miles south of Perryville on Hwy. 9, then west on Hwy. 324 for 4 miles. (Winona Ranger District, Perryville, AR 72126. PHONE: 501-889-5176)
  • Attractions:

    18-acre lake, swimming beach, picnic sites, boating (no gas motors), fishing, hiking. Wildlife interpretive trail, and tree identification interpretive trail for the physically challenged.
  • Facilities:

    Central flush toilets, water, showers, trailer dump station. User’s fee charged. (Some facilities are accessible to the physically challenged.)
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Little Pines Recreation Area & Campground (E-2)

  • Campsites:

    9 RV/Tent with W/E
  • Location:

    11.5 miles west of Waldron on Hwy. 248. (Poteau Ranger District, Waldron, AR 72958. PHONE: 479-637-4174)
  • Attractions:

    1000-acre Lake Hinkle, swimming, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating.
  • Facilities:

    Central flush toilets, water, hot showers, boat launch, boat docks for campers, group shelter. (Open year-round). User’s fee charged. (All facilities except swimming area are accessible to the physically challenged.)
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

River Bluff Float Camp Recreation Area (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    1 mile northeast of Mount Ida on Hwy. 27, then north at sign for 5 miles on gravel road. Watch for signs.
  • Attractions:

    Float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking, canoeing. Womble Trail connects to Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic sites, canoe access (open year-round). Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Rocky Shoals Float Camp Recreation Area (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    Take U.S. 270 northwest from Mount Ida for 6 miles; turn right (north) just before crossing the Ouachita River Bridge (east side of river).
  • Attractions:

    Base camp for float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking. Womble Trail connects to Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic sites, canoe access. Room for small RVs/campers (open year-round). Pets must be leased at all times.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Shady Lake Recreation Area & Campground (F-2)

  • Campsites:

    44 RV/Tent with no hookups; 21 RV/Tent with W/E; Picnic Shelter (by reservation); 1 RV with full hookups
  • Location:

    5 miles southwest of Glenwood on U.S. 70; west 23 miles on Hwy. 84 to Athens, then 2 miles west on Hwy. 246. Then north at sign for 3 miles on Forest Road 38. (Mena Ranger District, Mena, AR 71953. PHONE: 479-394-2382)
  • Attractions:

    25-acre lake, swimming beach, fishing, playground, and hiking. Outdoor programs in season, interpretive trail.
  • Facilities:

    Drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, trailer dump station, day use picnic areas, boat dock (electric motors only). (Partially open year-round). User’s fee charged.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Shirley Creek Float Camp Recreation Area (E-2)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Only
  • Location:

    Exit U.S. 270 at Pencil Bluff to Ark. 88, west 1 mile past the Oden Ranger Station, turn left on County Road 7991 for 1/2 mile.
  • Attractions:

    This day-use only recreation area offers float fishing on the Ouachita River, swimming, fishing, two miles from Oden Rifle Range.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic sites, canoe access (open year-round).

South Fourche Recreation Area & Campground (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    7 RV/Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    1 mile south of Hollis on Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway. (Jessieville Ranger District, Jessieville, AR 71949. PHONE: 501-984-5313)
  • Attractions:

    Fishing, canoe access.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, water, picnic sites. (Open year-round. Camping fee charged.)
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes