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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.

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. 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