One of the most
popular fishing and water sport areas in south central Arkansas is formed where
Moro Bay and Raymond Lake join the Ouachita River. Whether fishing from bank or
a boat, you can depend on abundant catches of bass, bream, crappie and catfish
in this area’s many lakes and streams.
Moro Bay State Park,
located at the confluence of these water sources, offers a quiet, peaceful
retreat with all modern conveniences. The park’s 20 campsites are located along
Raymond Lake. The campground is a popular base camp for sports enthusiasts
enjoying the area’s many outdoor recreational opportunities, including
sportsmen who hunt on permitted areas for the area's bountiful white-tailed
deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit and waterfowl.
A unique part of this
region’s history is the ferry operations that have operated here over the
years. Various private ferries operated intermittently in this vicinity from
1834 to 1947. Bradley County and Union County were both isolated by the barrier
effect of the Ouachita River when there was an absence of river crossing
transportation from 1947 to 1965. A ferry operation was resumed on April 28,
1965. This free ferry was owned and operated by the Arkansas Highway and
Transportation Department. The Highway Department’s ferry operation ceased in
1992 when two bridges were built over the Ouachita River and Raymond Lake. This
ferry is now on permanent display in the park. The park is located 29 miles
southwest of Warren on U.S. 63; or 23 miles northeast of El Dorado on U.S. 63.