Albert Pike Recreation Area Update

Ouachita National Forest officials have announced that some areas of Albert Pike RecreationArea in Montgomery County have reopened for day use. The area has been closed since a flash flood on June 11.  At this time no overnight camping will be permitted.  Day use is allowed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

The campground is comprised of four loops. The newly re-opened portions of the recreation area are known as Loops A and B. While all areas of the campground were hit hard by the flood, Loops A and B sustained less damage than did Loops
C and D.  Forest officials have worked to repair damage in Albert Pike Recreation Area in the weeks since the
flood event, focusing on those areas the public could begin using first. The East Swim Beach will not be open although people can access the swimming area from Loop A.  For people seeking an alternative site for overnight tent camping, Bard Springs is 10 miles away. With both tent and camping with hook-ups, Shady Lake is within 15 miles of the
Albert Pike Recreation Area. For information on these or other camping or day use opportunities on the Ouachita National Forest, contact (501) 321-5202 or log on to


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