Park Detail

Arkansas State Parks

Located on the Ouachita River in the Ouachita Mountains of west-central Arkansas, the lake is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and private timberlands. Unsurpassed scenic beauty, excellent fishing, water sports of all kinds and a prolific area for rockhounds are just a few of the natural attractions of this area. Most camping areas are just a few miles from all the tourist attractions of Hot Springs National Park.

For information:

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.

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

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. 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

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

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).