John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake

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John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake


(507) 667-2129


Things To Do


John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake extends 26 miles along the Arkansas River, about half in Arkansas and half in Oklahoma. The shoreline offers a variety of terrain that includes bottomland hardwood timber banks, steep bluffs, open agricultural fields, and urban developments. Outdoor recreational opportunities exists at four parks. Modern park amenities include boat launching ramps, drinking water, camp sites, picnic sites, playgrounds, and trails.

Map of John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.352936, -94.295826



  • Boating

    Public boat ramps are available along Hammerschmidt Lake.

  • Camping

    Campgrounds are available at the four parks located in the Hammerschmidt Lake project.

  • Fishing

    The fertile waters of the Arkansas River, which forms Hammerschmidt Lake, offers unlimited fishing opportunities. All game fish native to Arkansas are in abundance here. For added variety, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has stocked the lake with striped sea bass and sauger. Fishing is good year round for catfish, bream, crappie, white and largemouth bass. Anglers find great success whether fishing from boats or the riverbanks.

  • Hiking

    Trails are available throught the park.

  • Picnicking

    Scenic picnic sites are available at the four parks in the Hammerschmidt Lake project.

  • Water Sports

    Boat ramps are available.

Phone Numbers


(507) 667-2129