Lake Dardanelle State Park

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Lake Dardanelle State Park

Arkansas

(479) 967-5516

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Overview

Surrounded by the natural beauty for which the Arkansas River Valley is known, Lake Dardanelle is a sprawling 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. These two water resources combined here have put this area into the national spotlight as a major bass fishing tournament site. Lake Dardanelle State Park offers two areas on the lake: one park site is at Russellville, and the other is located at nearby Dardanelle. Both the Russellville and Dardanelle locations offer camping launch ramps, standard pavilions, picnic sites, restrooms, and bathhouses with hot showers.

The Russellville site also features a striking 10,527-square-foot visitor center on the lakeshore overlooking Lake Dardanelle. Engaging interpretive exhibits and state-of-the-art touch screen kiosks share information on the park, the area's water resources, and its history. A fascinating aquatic exhibit in the center features four aquariums that hold fish found in the lake, the Arkansas River, and its tributaries- Piney Creek and the Illinois Bayou.

Another unique facility in the Russellville area is the park's 1,861-square-foot fishing tournament weigh-in pavilion, a world class facility and the first of its kind in the nation that serves as a staging area for tournaments. Near the weigh-in pavilion is a covered, barrier-free fishing pier, a popular facility for bank fishing enthusiasts, sightseers, and photographers with its sweeping view of lake and Mount Nebo.

The Russelville area also includes an interpretive nature trail, and bikes and kayaks are available for rent. And, it's here that park visitors can enjoy nature programs on a wide variety of topics by park interpreters.

Privately-owned marinas and boat docks are located in both the Russellville and Dardanelle areas.

Map of Lake Dardanelle (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.253781, -93.214806

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Activities

  • Boating

    Lake Dardanelle is a sprawling 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River with numerous boating opportunities. Water skiing and sailing are both very popular on this large, open lake.

  • Camping

    The main park campground at the Russellville area has 57 campsites and the Dardanelle area has 18 sites. Campsites include dual-voltage hook-ups, freezeproof water connections, and modern bathhouses, plus a table and grill at each site. A sanitary trailer dump station is centrally located at both the Russellville and Dardanelle areas.

  • Fishing

    Although stringer-busting catches of crappie, bream and catfish are common, the outstanding largemouth bass fishery attracts anglers from all over the country. Take a short drive to the waters below the Dardanelle Dam and try your skills on the 40-pound plus catfish or the 200-pound-and-up alligator gar which lurk here in the depths of the Arkansas River.

  • Hiking

    The Russelville area includes an interpretive nature trail that shows the succession of plants, man's influence on the environment, and the variety of flowers, plants, and trees in the Arkansas River Valley.

  • Picnicking

    Spend a pleasant afternoon swimming, fishing or having a family picnic by the lake at one of the parks many picnic sites. Two reservable pavilions are available for group events.

  • RVing

    The main park campground at the Russellville area has 57 campsites and the Dardanelle area has 18 sites. Campsites include dual-voltage hook-ups, freezeproof water connections, and modern bathhouses, plus a table and grill at each site. A sanitary trailer dump station is centrally located at both the Russellville and Dardanelle areas.

  • Water Sports

    Come enjoy a swim in the lake at the park's swim beach or have an exciting day on the lake water skiing or sailing.

Directions

Driving

To reach each area: 1) Russellville, Pope County Side--From I-40 (Exit 81) at Russellville, take Hwy. 7 south, then turn right on Hwy. 326 and travel 4 miles to the main park; OR, from west on I-40, take exit 78, go left on U.S. 64, stay in the right hand lane and turn right on Hwy. 326 to the park.

2) Dardanelle, Yell County Side--From the town of Dardanelle, take Hwy. 22 west for 3.5 miles and turn right into the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(479) 967-5516

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