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
Hot 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.