Enjoying the Lakes Memorial Day Weekend


As the long Memorial Day weekend approaches, many will be heading to the lakes to cool off and enjoy the days.
Everything from party barges to kayaks to johnboats to sail boats, etcc…will make use of the many lakes and rivers found here. With over 600,000 surface acres of lakes, there’s plenty of space for everyone’s favorite water activity.  

Arkansas’s 11 largest lakes cover around 300,000 acres, approximately half of what the state has to offer. Hundreds of small lakes, created by nature or by various federal, state and private agencies, account for the other half. Until the early part of this century, all of the
state’s larger lakes were natural “old river” or “oxbow” impoundments along the Mississippi, Arkansas, White and other rivers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers introduced large man-made lakes to Arkansas in 1942, when Nimrod Lake was completed in Yell and Perry counties. Beaver, Bull Shoals, Norfork and Greers Ferry Lake in northern Arkansas are popular recreation lakes for boating in Arkansas. All types of boat rentals can be found at docks, resorts and marinas if you don’t have your own. In west central Arkansas the watery playgrounds are Lakes  Ouachita, Hamilton, Catherine and DeGray with the same
type of rentals available on the northern Arkansas impoundments. The Arkansas River Valley area is home to 
Lake Dardanelle
, plus Blue Mountain, Cove, Shores, and Ozark lakes, all popular recreation areas. Smaller bodies of water in the region include Lake Ludwig, Horsehead Lake and Lake Sylvia.These three are perfect spots for those who bring their own boats and such with them since marinas are scarce.

The southwest corner of the state boasts the Tri-Lakes of  DeQueen, Gillham and Dierks, while Millwood, though better
known for fishing, is also popular for water play. Nearby
Lake Greesonis a hot spot for boating too.

Smaller lakes such as White Oak, Lake Columbia, Lake Monticello, Lake Erling, and Lake Jack Lee dot the expanse that
is south central and south east Arkansas. The behemoth in the area is
Lake Chicot , a 20-mile-long, former main channel of the Mississippi River that is the biggest oxbow lake in North America and Arkansas’s largest natural lake. Further north
Storm Creek and Bear Creek Lakes in the St. Francis National Forest.

Lakes Austell,Dunn, Charles, Walcott, and Frierson in northeast Arkansas can all be found in Arkansas State Parks. Austell and Dunn call Village Creek State Park home, while Walcott centers Crowley’s Ridge State Park. Frierson and Charles both give their state parks their name.
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