Millwood State Park

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Millwood State Park

Arkansas

(870) 898-2800

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Overview

This 824-acre park is located on Millwood Lake, a 29,500-acre fishing hotspot known nationwide. Boat lanes lead fishermen through the submerged timber to the marshes and oxbow lakes within Millwood. The diversity between the lake and the hills which surround it provides a wide variety of fish and wildlife habitat. Famous for its bass tournaments, the reservoir abounds in largemouth, or black bass. Many trophy fish of over 10 pounds have been recorded, and 4 and 5 pound catches are common. A special bass management plan has been in effect for several years, and has succeeded in building the population of bass up to the point where even a novice bass angler can have success. During the spring and fall, Millwood offers some of the best crappie fishing in Arkansas, and summer provides excellent catfish and bream fishing. Just beyond the park, the lake empties into the Little River. When the spillway gates are open, fishermen cast for striped bass of up to 30 pounds with heavy deep sea fishing rigs or try their luck for the unusual spoon-billed catfish.

Bird watching is another popular activity here because of the lake's variety of year-round inhabitants. Bald Eagles winter here and are often sighted from December through February. The fall brings mallards, canvasbacks, ringneck and other ducks while the great blue heron is present year-round. Special blinds are located along Waterfowl Way for better viewing and photographing the birds and wildlife.

Park facilities include 115 campsites (two Class AA, 110 Class B, and three Primitive) and one Rent-An-RV, picnic sites, a standard pavilion, self-guided nature trail, and bicycle trail.

A marina offers souvenirs, gift items, groceries, bait, gas, and fishing boats, canoes, kayaks pedal boats, and hydro bikes for rent. Slip rentals are available throughout the year.

Map of Millwood (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.683925, -93.998337

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Activities

  • Boating

    The large, scenic lake is a great spot for boating. Located within a short walk of the campgrounds, full-service marina has camping and picnicking supplies, resident and nonresident fishing licenses, and bait. Flat bottom boats, canoes and pedal boats are available for rent. Covered slips may be rented at the marina for private boats.

  • Bird Watching

    Waterfowl Way provides great viewing of the mallards, canvasbacks, ringneck and other ducks that arrive in the fall. Bald Eagles winter at the park and are often sighted from December through February.

  • Bicycling

    The four-mile Wildlife Lane winds through low land bottoms and along the edge of Millwood Lake, providing an opportunity to observe the area's plants and wildlife in their natural environment. One of the coves along the trail is home to an active beaver lodge and visitors can sometimes get a glimpse of an American Alligator.

  • Camping

    Nestled in the mixed pine and hardwood forest along the banks of Millwood Lake, 115 campsites with water and electric hookups offer a pleasant camping experience year-round. Each site has a picnic table and grill, and modern bathhouse with hot showers are located throughout the campgrounds. Campsites with no hookups are available for those who prefer more primitive camping. A trailer sanitary station is nearby.

  • Fishing

    The lake abounds in largemouth, or black bass. Many trophy fish of over 10 pounds have been recorded, and 4 and 5 pound catches are common. During the spring and fall, Millwood offers some of the best crappie fishing in Arkansas, and summer provides excellent catfish and bream fishing. Just beyond the park, the lake empties into the Little River. When the spillway gates are open, fishermen cast for striped bass of up to 30 pounds with heavy deep sea fishing rigs or try their luck for the unusual spoon-billed catfish.

  • Hiking

    The four-mile Wildlife Lane winds through low land bottoms and along the edge of Millwood Lake, providing an opportunity to observe the area's plants and wildlife in their natural environment. One of the coves along the trail is home to an active beaver lodge and visitors can sometimes get a glimpse of an American Alligator. A one and a half-mile self-guided nature trail offers hikers a more casual walk with great opportunities for birdwatching.

  • Picnicking

    Visitors can enjoy a relaxing lunch in the picnic area near the marina. A group pavilion is available as well.

  • RVing

    Nestled in the mixed pine and hardwood forest along the banks of Millwood Lake, 115 campsites with water and electric hookups offer a pleasant camping experience year-round. Each site has a picnic table and grill, and modern bathhouse with hot showers are located throughout the campgrounds. A trailer sanitary station is nearby.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Two nature trails offering great wildlife viewing opportunities. Waterfowl Way provides great viewing of the mallards, canvasbacks, ringneck and other ducks that arrive in the fall, while a cove along Wildlife Lane is home to a beaver lodge. American Alligators are sometimes seen along the trail as well.

Seasonality/Weather

The marina is closed mid-November and opens in March.

Directions

Driving

From junction I-30 and U.S. 71 at Texarkana, travel 16 miles north on U.S. 71 to Ashdown, then go nine miles east on Ark. 32 to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 898-2800

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