Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa
Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa

An escape to Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa

Some places we encounter leave stamps on our hearts: moments of beauty and grace where we can escape from the cares of the everyday world and find a sanctuary – a harbor of peace and safety.

Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa is one of those special places. Voted the Best Resort in Arkansas multiple years running, the resort, now in its 69th year, offers fun adventures on wilderness Lake Ouachita with the award-winning customer service that has made it a beloved retreat to five generations of families. The welcome surrounds you like a warm hug, whether you are walking the scenic grounds, stepping into your pristine lodging accommodations or sampling the casual, southern cuisine of the Lodge Restaurant. Throughout the full resort experience, with marina, lodging, restaurant, spa and a multitude of activities, guests comment that they find a personal sanctuary at Harbor, a place to refresh, rewind and connect with family.

A day on the lake

Ouachita is a massive wilderness lake, distinguished by its pristine beauty and untouched shoreline. Even during the peak season, the lake never feels crowded. There are hundreds of islands and coves to claim for your own. The award-winning marina can get you out on the lake with everything you need, beginning with a rental fleet including new party barges with slides, a high performance ski barge, fishing boat rental and a great variety of kayaks, canoes and SUPs. DreamChaser Houseboats lets you take your vacation on the water with luxury houseboats and jet skis. Fishing on Lake Ouachita is legendary! Rent the custom fishing boat with trolling motor and depth finder. Ask for the latest fishing report or hire a professional guide who will put you on all the “honey holes”. Harbor also has an on-site dive shop, Ocean Extreme, to get you out on exciting underwater adventures.

Arkansas’ Top Rated Luxury Spa

From the moment you walk over the wooden bridge and onto the deck of Turtle Cove Spa, you immediately feel more relaxed. Nestled in a wilderness cove, the spa is designed to reflect the beauty, harmony and tranquility of the lake. The menu includes not only traditional treatments, but also offers unique Eastern and European elements like sound therapy, grounding rituals and chakra balancing using native Arkansas quartz. The spa offers a holistic approach to wellness with the purpose of leaving you feeling aligned, centered and grounded.

From Day to Night

After a day of adventure, Mountain Harbor offers all the comfort you expect from a luxury resort, but with a casual, relaxed vibe. The Lodge itself feels nostalgic, as if you’ve been here before, even it it’s your first visit. Built in 1957, the Lodge maintains the original mid-century architecture of the era and all the charm, including the charming courtyard with it’s “tad pole” kids pool, as well as a beautiful stone fireplace and rock fire pit, both with comfy seating areas for making smores or just enjoying the warmth at night. The sparkling Lodge pool has welcomed generations to its refreshing water. The Lodge sits at the center of the 900 plus acre property, and contains the Lodge Restaurant and is surrounded by lake side Guest Rooms, Studios, poolside Cabanas and the Lodge Cottages. For RV travelers there are seven full hook-up sites available with shady, forest views or lake views.

At check-in, you’ll receive a map of the entire property, showing you the way to your accommodations and where you can find the marina, spa, horseback riding, hiking trails and all things fun! The property is pet friendly, so feel free to bring every member of your family.

Guests can choose from a wide range of locations, pricing and size in accommodations – everything from a lake Guest Room or economic Joplin Inn motel rooms to luxury log sided cottages, two houses and log-sided condos. Every unit has been individually decorated to reflect an eclectic, casual style with quality and comfort highlighted for a restful sleep.

Harbor signature cabins on the lake’s edge will wow you with their gracious design, lake-themed décor, and thoughtfully designed kitchens and bathrooms. An exquisite four-bedroom cabin, C25, includes works of art and design by “Harbor Kids” – craftsmen who grew up around Mountain Harbor and are now bringing their skills and vision back to the Harbor community. Harbor has many beautiful, themed units, including our Couple’s Cottage with a giant indoor jacuzzi with a stone surround, the Daisy cottage with a fun BB gun theme and our Fireman’s Cottage, a cottage with a tribute to our military. All reflect the laid back, casual comfort of the lake and surrounding forest.

A place for celebrations

Celebrate your way! Harbor offers the perfect setting and stunning facilities for your wedding, vow renewal, or any special family group or gathering – with the Harbor promise that you are free to use our services as much or as little as you choose. The East Cove Wilderness Pavilion is breathtaking, nestled on a wooded peninsula, where the lake shimmers and sparkles beyond the leafy branches. Guests will be charmed by the magic afforded by bonfires, twinkle lights and tiki torches – there’s even a courtesy dock for guests who choose to arrive – or leave – by water (just picture a bride arriving or a newly minted couple in a triumphant departure!). Just a stone’s throw away is the East Cove Conference Center, with tall windows overlooking the lake for an ideal blend of outdoor beauty with indoor shelter and a spacious commercial kitchen.

Whether you’re planning a milestone party, family vacation, romantic getaway, fishing trip or corporate retreat, you’ve come to the right place to add your story to the decades of history here. And, as always, the crew at Harbor will welcome you – because when you are here, you are part of the Harbor family!