Lake Hinkle is located about 12 miles west of the town of Waldron in west central Arkansas. The 960-acre impoundment was completed in 1971 by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Some 400 of its acres lie within the Ouachita National Forest.
Fishing: Anglers enjoy the lake's diverse fishery, which includes largemouth, hybrid striped, white and spotted bass; bluegills; red-ear sunfish; crappie; and channel, blue, and flathead catfish.
The Game and Fish Commission provides a concrete boat ramp and primitive camping area on the lake's north side and two additional primitive camping areas on the west end. Also on the north side, a courtesy dock, 21 RV/tent campsites, a swimming area, picnic tables, hiking trails and other recreational facilities are available in the U.S. Forest Service's Little Pines Recreation Area. Bait shops by the lake provide fishing and camping supplies.