Vacation Fishing Trips in Arkansas

With The Natural State's four distinctive seasons and moderate weather, even during the winter months, Arkansas has some of the best year round fishing available, which makes the Natural State ideal for vacation fishing trips.

Ouachita Fishing

Ouachita fishing is fun! You can add sparkle to your travel when you go fly fishing in the Ouachita Mountains, visit a crystal or diamond mine, or relax in a spa city filled with family attractions.

You can add sparkle to your travel in the Ouachita Mountains at a lake or river, a crystal or diamond mine or a spa city filled with attractions.

Arkansas Fishing Resorts

Beautiful settings for Ouachita fishing, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, sailing and other outdoor sports are found at the five "diamond lakes" of the region: Ouachita, Hamilton, Catherine, Greeson and DeGray. Private Arkansas fishing resorts ring the lakes offering gorgeous views and fun. Some of the resorts and lodges provide spa treatments, luxurious cabins, horseback trail rides, restaurants, and watercraft and houseboat rentals. DeGray Lake Resort State Park offers a lodge, camping, golf, boat rentals and other recreation.

Lake DeGray Fishing

As evidenced by its popularity for fishing, camping, swimming, water-skiing and other water sports, the 13,400-acre DeGray Lake is a prime vacation and weekend getaway in west-central Arkansas. Situated among ridges of the Ouachita Mountains and formed by a dam across the Caddo River, the lake has more than 700 campsites, ranging from full hook-ups to primitive, and some 15 boat-launching ramps on its shores. Houseboating, sailing and scuba diving are also popular, as is observing bald eagles that winter on DeGray.

Things to Do in the Ouachita Region

Lake Degray Fishing FunHot Springs National Park, "America's First Resort," has top thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn, a renowned arts community, music and magic shows, a religious drama, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Mid-America Science Museum, trolleys, a mountaintop observation tower, private resorts, luxury hotels and thermal baths. Magic Springs/Crystal Falls theme and water parks feature exciting rides and plenty of water features.

Hunt for diamonds - and keep any you find - at Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro. You can also dig for quartz crystals at mines in the Mount Ida area. Near Mena, Queen Wilhelmina State park reigns atop Arkansas's second highest peak. The Talimena National Scenic Byway has breathtaking views. And there are outdoor sports aplenty to be enjoyed such as hiking the Ouachita National Forest or canoeing and fishing the Ouachita, Caddo and Cossatot rivers.

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Connect with Nature at Moro Bay State Park

February 2, 2015 8:20 PM
Known as a fishing and water sport hot spot, Moro Bay State Park is the only Arkansas state park on the lower Ouachita River. “Moro Bay is a smaller park in a less populated area of the state that man...

Experience the Outdoors…Indoors!

December 19, 2014 3:23 PM
January may not be the best time to play in the outdoors…but you can experience some of Arkansas’s great natural attractions indoors at two amazing Arkansas Game and Fish Nature Centers in eastern Ark...

Fall Fishing on the Ouachita River

October 7, 2014 5:50 PM
Though fishing in Arkansas is available year-round, fall is a beautiful time to cast a line and enjoy the favorable temperatures and colorful fall foliage of the season. The Ouachita River has long be...
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