Shady Lake is a popular 25-acre recreational impoundment in the Ouachita National Forest served by an accompanying U.S. Forest Service recreation area. The lake's dam and some facilities within the recreation area were constructed by workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938.
The recreation area includes more than 90 campsites, a swimming beach, playground, hiking trails, picnic shelter, a grass boat ramp and other recreational facilities.
Fishing: Game fish found in the lake include largemouth bass, catfish and sunfish species. Only rod-and-reel and pole fishing is allowed. There is a daily catfish limit of five and a bass minimum length of 15 inches or longer. Only electric motors may be used on boats.
Directions from Glenwood: Take U.S. 70 four miles west from Glenwood; then Ark. 84 west 21 miles to Athens; turn northwest on Ark. 246 for two miles; then north (right) for about five miles on Forest Service Road 38.