Lake Charles State Park

Quick Facts

Lake Charles State Park

Arkansas

(870) 878-6595

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Located in the northeastern foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks is 645 acre Lake Charles. The lake is loaded with bass, crappie, bream and catfish. Five scenic rivers and a 11,200 acre Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Management Area are only minutes from the lake. Spread along the western shores of these waters is Lake Charles State Park. The setting for camping and picnicking combined with the opportunities for fishing make Lake Charles and ideal location for a family vacation or a day's outing. The primary mission of Lake Charles State Park is to promote tourism by providing high quaility services and facilities to all park visitors while providing environmental education opportunities. Lake Charles State Park was established as part of the Arkansas State Parks system in 1963. Forty acres were leased from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to establish the park. Additional acres were purchased at later dates to complete the park's development. Lake Charles was dedicated May 28, 1967.

Map of Lake Charles (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.066131, -91.153224

READ MORE

Activities

  • Boating

    The lake is accessed by three launching ramps on park property. There are several small docks for bank fishing and docking boats. There is no horsepower restriction on the lake. Remember, you are responsible for any damage caused by your boat's wake.

  • Camping

    Sixty-one individual campsites are scattered among the trees around the lake. All are equipped with electric and water connections. Several sites also offer sewer connections. Tables and grills are located at each site for convenience. Modern restrooms and bathhouses are located within walking distance from each campsite. For self-contained camping units, there is a dump station located near the campground.

  • Fishing

    Visitors to Lake Charles like to try to catch their own supper in the quiet water among the snags. The lake is accessed by three launching ramps on park property. There are several small docks for bank fishing and docking boats. There is no horsepower restriction on the lake. Remember, you are responsible for any damage caused by your boat's wake.

  • Hiking

    There are three separate walking trails in the park. All three are short and easily walked in an hour.

  • Picnicking

    The picnic area is located near the swim beach in the Day Use Area. Most sites have tables and grills. Water fountains, modern rest rooms and plenty of shade trees are available in the picnic area. A screened-in pavilion with lights and ceiling fans is available for group outings.

  • RVing

    Sixty-one individual campsites are scattered among the trees around the lake. All are equipped with electric and water connections. Several sites also offer sewer connections. Tables and grills are located at each site for convenience. Modern restrooms and bathhouses are located within walking distance from each campsite. For self-contained camping units, there is a dump station located near the campground.

  • Water Sports

    There is a wide, gently sloping, sandy beach within walking distance of all park facilities. The swim beach is open seasonally.

Directions

Driving

From Hoxie, go eight miles northwest on U.S. 63, then six miles south on Ark. 25 to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 878-6595

Links