What to know
Greers Ferry Lake is a favorite water playground nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks in north-central Arkansas. This 40,000-acre masterpiece pleases water enthusiasts of all types. The lake is surrounded by an abundance of rock outcropping, trees, and wildlife making it a leading tourist destination. The lake, formed by Greers Ferry Dam, was completed in July 1964 at a cost of approximately $46,500,000. The lake and dam were dedicated in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, his last public appearance before the fateful trip to Dallas. Greers Ferry Lake is noted for its pristine shoreline and deep crystal clear waters that provide a wonderful opportunity for enjoying nature at its finest. Excellent camping and hiking facilities are available. The lake has deep clean water for boating, water skiing, and scuba diving. There are vast stretches of water for sailing and other water sports. The Corps of Engineers operates 10 campsite areas with boat launches, restroom facilities, and swimming beaches. There are eight marinas located on Greers Ferry lake that provide rentals of ski boats, pontoon boats, houseboats, fishing rigs, and personal watercraft. The marinas provide boat service and sell recreational equipment and other supplies needed for a great lake experience. Fishing on Greers Ferry Lake is superb throughout the year. Every game fish native to the state has been stocked by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. The lake holds the state record for walleye and striped bass. During the winter months, one doesn’t have to look long to find anglers who have taken huge walleyes. Fifteen- to 18-pounders are caught yearly during the late-February to mid-March spawning time, and many think this is the probable home of another world record. Most walleyes are caught in three tributaries – the Middle Fork, South Fork and Devil’s Fork of the Little Red River. Other fish like channel catfish, largemouth, and white bass, and crappie are abundant and attract fishermen from all over the country. There are good odds that the next state largemouth bass record will come from Greers Ferry Lake. A largemouth bass that weighed 15 pounds, 15 ounces was caught on Greers Ferry Lake in 1988. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment has produced several state-record hybrids, and the lake became the focus of nationwide attention when Jerald Shaum caught his world-record 27-pound, 5-ounce hybrid in 1997. In summer, many hybrid aficionados night fish with 8- to 10-inch live gizzard shad. Typical tackle is a 6-1/2- to 7-foot medium-action rod paired with a baitcasting reel spooled with 20- to 30-pound-test monofilament. The Little Red River that runs out of Greers Ferry Lake offers additional challenges for rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. The river and the lake are stocked from a fish hatchery located just below the dam. Fishing guide services are available for both lake and river excursions. There is a developed nature trail winding up Sugar Loaf Mountain, an island within the lake, which affords breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding countryside from its summit which is 500 feet above the surface area of the lake. There are sheltered coves and cliffs that enhance the lake experience that is enjoyed by all. Adjacent to the lake are the communities of Clinton, Fairfield Bay, Greers Ferry, and Heber Springs that offer opportunities for other recreational activities, fine dining, and shopping. Motels, condos and other rental properties are available to accommodate visitors to the area. There are several noted golf courses located around the lake that are part of the Arkansas Golf Trail. Tennis facilities are available at many locations.