Did you know that Arkansas has a thriving scuba diving scene? Many of our lakes provide the perfect environment for general exploration, spear fishing and more. Many dive shops around the state offer equipment rentals, diving lessons and even guided diving trips.
Most divers head for lakes in the western half of the state, within the Ouachita Mountains and Ozark Mountains. The most popular lakes for scuba diving in Arkansas are listed below – click for a downloadable map.
Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas has more than 28,000 acres to explore. It’s also close to the shopping, dining and lodging amenities in Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale. Check out Lost Bridge Marina for gear and information.
Bull Shoals has 45,500 acres and 1,000 miles of shoreline awaiting exploration. The White River begins at the lake’s southern dam and offer supreme trout fishing. The Bull Shoals Boat Dock can handle all your gear and instruction needs, as well as certifications and specialty dive trips. Highway 125 Marina offers air tank refills as well.
Norfork Lake is nestled in north-central Arkansas, near Mountain View. Its 22,000 acres are perfect for underwater exploration and the lake is full of freshwater game for spear fisherman. Head for 101 Boat Dock for tank refills and the Jordan Marina for rentals and lessons.
Greers Ferry Lake is a popular spot roughly an hour north of Little Rock. It features more than 340 miles of pristine shoreline ripe for exploration. Heber Springs Marina offers air tank refills.
Lake Ouachita is the crown jewel of Arkansas for many divers, with its 40,000 acres of crystal-clear water and abundance of spear-fishing opportunities. The Lake Ouachita area has several dive shops: Lake Ouachita Dive Center, Brady Mountain Resort and Marina and Ocean Extreme Dive and Travel Center (at Mountain Harbor Resort).
DeGray Lake is also popular with scuba divers. The lake features more than 207 miles of shoreline to swim and some areas of the lake are up to 200 feet deep.
Plan to go scuba diving in Arkansas and see what treasures our magnificent lakes have to offer!