Lake Catherine State Park

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Lake Catherine State Park

Arkansas

(501) 844-4176

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Things To Do

Overview

Drive slowly along the winding scenic highway down to beautiful Lake Catherine. Catch a fleeting glimpse of graceful white-tailed deer in the forest-clad Ouachita Mountains which dominate the 2,240 acres of this popular lake park. Many outdoor activities are available here, including fishing, water sports, hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Plus, just 15 miles away is one of the nation's major resort cities, Hot Springs, including Hot Springs National Park with its world-famous "Bathhouse Row."

Nestled among the tall pines and hardwoods along the lake are 18 fully-equipped, heated and air-conditioned cabins. Enjoy winter evenings wrapped up in front of a cheerful fire in the fireplace found in most cabins. The park also offers lakeside campsites for convenient fishing and boating, or if you prefer, a quiet site in the secluded forest. For those who don't own their own camping equipment, Rent-A-Camp is available. It includes a 9 x 12 tent with wooden floor, a 2 burner stove, lantern, table, grill and other camping equipment. An electrical hookup is provided. Bring your food and sleeping gear and enjoy an easy way to camp.

Map of Lake Catherine (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.427017, -92.921181

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Activities

  • Boating

    During the summer season (Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day), party barges, fishing boats and motors, fuel, bait and tackle are handy at the park marina. Canoes, kayaks, water bikes and pedal boats are also available for rent. Use the free launch ramp for your own fishing or ski rig and park your vehicle in the marina parking lot at no charge. During the off-season, barges, boats and canoes may be rented from the Visitor Center.

  • Camping

    The park offers lakeside campsites for convenient fishing and boating, or you may prefer a quiet site in the secluded forest. Hot showers in a heated bathhouse provide year-round convenience. Sites are paved and equipped with 50 amp or 30 amp and 20 amp hookups, freeze-proof water connections, table and fire ring. A sanitary dump station is nearby.

  • Fishing

    Anglers come to the lake for its largemouth bass, spotted bass and striped bass, crappie, bream, and catfish and walleye fishing. A rainbow trout fishery, stocked by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, exists in the lake's tailwaters below Remmel Dam.

  • Hiking

    Three trails, Falls Branch, Horseshoe Mountain, and Dam Mountain, ranging in length from 2.5 to 4 miles, offer visitors a closer look at the rugged Ouachita (Wa'-sha-tah) Mountains.

  • Historic Sites

    Lake Catherine became a state park in 1937. It was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Evidence of the CCC days can still be seen in the park today. A "Nature Cabin," located near the swimming beach, houses exhibits which relate to the cultural history of the park and its natural environment (open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day).

  • Horseback Riding

    Guided horseback trail rides are available during the summer months.

  • Picnicking

    A large picnic area with tables, grills, water, rest rooms and a group pavilion is located within walking distance of the sandy swimming beach and playground.

  • RVing

    The park offers lakeside campsites for convenient fishing and boating, or you may prefer a quiet site in the secluded forest. Hot showers in a heated bathhouse provide year-round convenience. Sites are paved and equipped with 50-amp or 30-amp and 20-amp hookups, freeze-proof water connections, picnic table, and fire ring. A sanitary dump station is nearby.

  • Water Sports

    During the summer season (Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day), party barges, fishing boats and motors, fuel, bait and tackle are handy at the park marina. Canoes, kayaks, water bikes and pedal boats are also available for rent. Use the free launch ramp for your own fishing or ski rig and park your vehicle in the marina parking lot at no charge. During the off-season, barges, boats and canoes may be rented from the Visitor Center. Or you can cool off at the sandy swimming beach by the lake on those hot summer afternoons.

Seasonality/Weather

Facilities at the park are more limited outside of the summer season.

Directions

Driving

To reach Lake Catherine State Park, take Exit #97 off I-30 near Malvern and go 12 miles north on Ark. 171 to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(501) 844-4176

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