Blue Mountain Lake

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Blue Mountain Lake

Arkansas

(479) 947-2372

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Overview

Blue Mountain Lake is located in the shadow of Mt. Magazine, Arkansas's highest mountain. Blue Mountain Lake has offered many recreational opportunities since its' completion in 1947.

Modern campgrounds (Waveland and Outlet Parks) provide tent and trailer spaces, electrical and water hookups, showers, boat launching ramps, parking areas, fish cleaning stations, and many other amenities. For information on reserving campsites please contact the Blue Mountain Lake Field Office.

The excellent fishery in the lake includes largemouth and white bass, crappie, bream, and catfish. Other water sports such as water skiing, swimming, and boating are also very popular activities. A shady, cypress tree-lined swimming area in Waveland Park provides a relaxing respite from a busy day at the lake.

The Blue Mountain Wildlife Demonstration Area is located on the west end of the lake property. It is a world-class bird dog field trial area that attracts visitors from throughout the United States and several other countries. The abundant public forests around the lake are open to in-season hunting, hiking, birding, sightseeing other outdoor activities.

The lake is within easy traveling distance of many other points of interest in the state. Mt. Magazine State Park is located just north of the lake on the mountain for which it is named; it is accessible on very good state highways with a short 30-minute drive from the lake. Blue Mountain Lake's location between the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests complements the natural beauty of the area. There are plenty of activities available to keep any visitor to Blue Mountain Lake busy. Additional information for local attractions is available at chambers of commerce in nearby towns.

Map of Blue Mountain Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.096760, -93.702715

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Activities

  • Boating

    Blue Mountain Lake provides excellent boating opportunities, including fishing, skiing, tubing, hunting and sightseeing. The eight boat launching ramps in Waveland Park, Ashley Creek Park, Lick Creek Park, and Hise Hill Park are available year round, but require payment of a day use fee during the primary recreation season.

  • Camping

    Camping opportunities are abundant at Blue Mountain Lake. With 92 campsites in Waveland Park and Outlet Area Park you can select a beautiful, tree shaded campsite with electrical and water hookups. Restroom and shower facilities are located in these parks. Camping is offered year round with some reduction in services and facilities during the November through February timeframe.

  • Fishing

    Blue Mountain Lake is an excellent fishery, with crappie being the favorite. Fishermen also enjoy catching flathead and channel catfish, bream, and bass in the lake and river. There are about 2900 acres of water area at conservation (normal) lake level. Fishing is normally best in the spring and fall. The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission performs stocking and other fish management practices on the lake.

  • Hiking

    The Tower Heights Trail is a 1.5-mile trail located at the entrance to Outlet Area Park. This trail traverses the ridge at the south end of Blue Mountain Dam and affords hikers majestic views of Blue Mountain Lake and Mt. Magazine, the highest mountain between the Rockies and Alleghenies. It requires a moderate degree of endurance and takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to hike.

  • Hunting

    The mixed pine and hardwood forests around the lake provides habitat for many native wildlife species. In-season hunting is permitted except in the parks, administration area, and dam area. In addition, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission operates the Blue Mountain Wildlife Demonstration Area on the west end of the lake. This first-class bird dog field trial facility attracts enthusiasts from around the nation. Anyone may use the facilities to train their dogs.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please contact the park for information on off-highway vehicle use.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking facilities are available in all the parks. Many are located near playgrounds and restrooms. Family gatherings are held annually at the group picnic shelters, which are equipped with electricity and grills. For information on reserving group picnic shelters contact the Blue Mountain Lake Field Office.

  • RVing

    Camping opportunities are abundant at Blue Mountain Lake. With 92 campsites in Waveland Park and Outlet Area Park you can select a beautiful, tree shaded campsite with electrical and water hookups. Restroom and shower facilities are located in these parks. Camping is offered year round with some reduction in services and facilities during the November through February timeframe.

  • Water Sports

    Waveland Park has a designated swimming beach. It is a wonderful place to cool off on a hot summer day by swimming or just relaxing under the shady cypress trees.

Directions

Driving

17 miles east of Booneville on Hwy. 10 to Waveland. Turn right (south) on Hwy. 309 for one mile. Turn right (west) on Paved County Road (unnumbered) for one mile to Blue Mtn. Dam. Follow signs to parks.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(479) 947-2372

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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