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Nestled in a wooded valley in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas, Lake Fort Smith is now much larger thanks to the recent merger with Lake Shepherd Springs to meet additional municipal water demands in the Fort Smith area. The reservoir now totals 1,390 surface acres. Arkansas's 23rd state park, Lake Fort Smith State Park, now features all new facilities including campsites, a group lodging facility, picnic sites, a pavilion, marina with boat rentals, swimming pool and visitor center with exhibit gallery. The new version of the park is located on the western side of the enlarged reservoir. A trail link will allow Lake Fort Smith State Park to once again serve as the western terminus of the Ozark Highlands Trail. For more information: 479-369-2469 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.