Dardanelle Lake - Ark.Riv.Nav.Sys

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Dardanelle Lake - Ark.Riv.Nav.Sys

Arkansas

(479) 968-5008

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Overview

Constructed under the supervision of the Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District, Lake Dardanelle and Winthrop Rockefeller Lake comprise one of the most accessible and attractive recreation areas in Arkansas.

With nearly 40,000 acres of boating and fishing waters and rimmed by choice picnic and camping areas, it is the ideal leisure-time destination. Lake Dardanelle spreads westward behind Dardanelle Dam into Pope, Yell, Logan, Johnson, and Franklin Counties. Two miles wide in places, it reaches 50 miles upstream to the Ozark-Jeta Taylor Lock and Dam and has 315 miles of shoreline.

Parks on Lake Dardanelle offer many recreational opportunities. Each has drinking water, toilet facilities, and picnic tables. Several have boat launch ramps, trailer dump stations, electrical sites with water, and group picnic shelters.

Winthrop-Rockefeller Lake begins below Dardanelle Dam and extends 2.8 miles southeast to Arthur V. Ormond Lock and Dam near Morrilton. The lake provides excellent boating and fishing with scenic views of Petit Jean Mountain and fertile croplands along the river's banks.

Located near the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests, the area has an abundance of wildlife. There is in-season hunting for deer, turkey, water fowl and other small game. This game and the picturesque shoreline provide ideal conditions for nature enthusiasts and camera bugs.

The River Valley is a favorite wintering area for the American Bald Eagle. From late fall through early spring, eagle are often seen perched in large trees and on snags along the river as they hunt for their favorite prey - fish. Popular viewing areas include Old Post Road Park in Russellville and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, southeast of Dardanelle.

Be sure to check out the Arkansas River Visitor Center in Russellville, which acquaint visitors with the Arkansas River and its man-made transformation into a safe, useful, and productive waterway.

Map of Dardanelle Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.251051, -93.167925

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Activities

  • Boating

    Several boat launch ramps are located around the lake. The public boat docks offer boat and motor rentals, fuel, food, and other supplies and services.

  • Bird Watching

    The river valley is a favorite wintering area for the Bald Eagle. From late fall through early spring, eagle are often seen perched in large trees and on snags along the river as they hunt for their favorite prey - fish. Popular viewing areas include Old Post Road Park in Russellville and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, southeast of Dardanelle.

  • Bicycling

    Among the many recreational activities that are available in Old Post Road Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proud to have added a mountain bike trail. The trail, developed by many local bike enthusiasts, is located within Old Post Road Park above the Corps Office. Due to the local interest, new loops are being frequently added, so even if you have been here before, it's time for another look.

  • Camping

    Numerous campgrounds are spread throughout the area. They range from modern campgrounds with water and electric hook-ups, showers, and flush toilets to primitive tent sites with vault toilets and drinking water.

  • Fishing

    The Arkansas River has for many years been popular with fishermen for its large catfish. Record Flathead, Blues, and Channel are caught using many methods. White bass are native to the river, with adults traveling in schools and feeding near the surface. Bream, crappie, and largemouth bass are stocked in the lake and provide excellent sport fishing. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission studies of bass tournaments across the state revealed that Lake Dardanelle is the most productive bass fishery in the state of Arkansas. With no closed season and mild winters, fishing is good year round.

  • Hiking

    Lake Dardanelle has two hiking trail systems: the Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary and the Bridge Rock Trails. Bona Dea offers 186 acres of wetlands and low woods, providing ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife. Nearly six miles of trails wind throughout the area. The Bridge Rock trails wind along a rugged north-western slope overlooking a portion of Shoal Creek known locally as the "Narrows." It offers three different routes of increasing length and difficulty. Total length is one mile.

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact the park for more information.

  • Hunting

    Located near the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests, the area has an abundance of wildlife. There is in-season hunting for deer, turkey, water fowl and other small game. The success rate of the growing Canada Goose Season is proof of the excellent breeding ground the lake and river provides.

  • Picnicking

    All of the parks at Dardanelle Lake have picnic areas.

  • RVing

    Numerous campgrounds are spread throughout the area. Several have sites with hook-ups for water and electricity, and many have dump stations.

  • Water Sports

    Arkansas River Visitor Center shows visitors the "Renaissance of a River." Interpretive exhibits tell the story of the development of the river valley from the time when Native Americans were the sole occupants of this area to the present. It also offers wildlife exhibits, a locking through simulator, and some hands-on exhibits. The visitor center acquaints visitors with the Arkansas River and its man-made transformation into a safe, useful, and productive waterway.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The river valley is a favorite wintering area for the Bald Eagle. From late fall through early spring, eagle are often seen perched in large trees and on snags along the river as they hunt for their favorite prey - fish. Popular viewing areas include Old Post Road Park in Russellville and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, southeast of Dardanelle.

Phone Numbers

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(479) 968-5008

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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