Lake Ouachita

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Lake Ouachita

Arkansas

(501) 767-2101

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Overview

Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains just 10 miles west of Hot Springs Arkansas, Lake Ouachita provides the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you are looking for quiet relaxation or need a little adventure, Lake Ouachita is the place for you.

Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954 as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, authorized purposes now also include recreation, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. The land surrounding Lake Ouachita is part of the Ouachita National Forest, which encompasses 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma.

Approximately 1.2 million people visit Lake Ouachita each year. With 40,000 acres of water and 20,000 acres of public land, Ouachita offers an abundance of recreational opportunities. The Corps of Engineers maintains over 1100 campsites and 18 boat ramps on Lake Ouachita. Boating, fishing, scuba diving and island camping are especially popular here.

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Latitude, Longitude: 34.583475, -93.345337

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Activities

  • Boating

    Lake Ouachita, with 40,000 acres of crystal clear water and over 200 islands, is a boater's paradise. Surrounded by 975 miles of remote shoreline and the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita has consistently been ranked one of the cleanest lakes in the nation. No matter what kind of boat you own there is plenty of space to enjoy it on Lake Ouachita. Houseboating is especially popular due to the deep waters found here. There are 20 boat ramps and 10 full service marinas to serve your boating needs.

  • Bicycling

    Lake Ouachita Vista Trail is an un-surfaced hiking and mountain biking trail winding along the southern shore of Lake Ouachita. Being developed by volunteers in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Forest Service, plans call for the trail to extend 35 to 40 miles along the shore, connecting private resorts and public campgrounds before linking up with the Charlton Trail to the east. Parking is provided at each trailhead, and benches are placed along the trail for hikers to take a break.

  • Camping

    One of the most popular outdoor recreation activities at Lake Ouachita is camping. The Corps of Engineers manages 17 campgrounds at Lake Ouachita, with campsites ranging from primitive to paved pull through sites with water and electric hook-ups. Many of the campgrounds on Lake Ouachita feature amenities such as restrooms, showers, boat ramps, sanitary disposal stations, playgrounds, electric and water hook-ups, courtesy docks, and designated swimming areas.

    With over 200 islands, Lake Ouachita is an extremely popular site for island camping, as well. Please follow Leave No Trace principles.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is one of the most popular wildlife related activities in the south and Lake Ouachita's 690 miles of shoreline and 40,000 acres of water create an excellent playground for both the experienced and novice angular.

  • Hiking

    Scenic beauty and wildlife abound on the recreational trails surrounding Lake Ouachita. Numerous trails are located on Corps of Engineers property and on the Ouachita National Forest surrounding the lake.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact the park for more information.

  • Hunting

    Public hunting and trapping is permitted on Corps of Engineers property at Lake Ouachita, except in developed recreation areas, near the dam and associated structures, and any other locations marked as prohibited.

  • Picnicking

    Lake Ouachita has numerous picnic areas spread around its shores. There are six group pavilions available as well.

  • RVing

    One of the most popular outdoor recreation activities at Lake Ouachita is camping. The Corps of Engineers manages 17 campgrounds at Lake Ouachita, with campsites ranging from primitive to paved pull through sites with water and electric hook-ups. Many of the campgrounds on Lake Ouachita feature amenities such as restrooms, showers, boat ramps, sanitary disposal stations, playgrounds, electric and water hook-ups, courtesy docks, and designated swimming areas.

  • Water Sports

    There are numerous beaches at Lake Ouachita, offering visitors a relaxing day in the sun and water on those hot summer days.

Directions

Driving

Blakely Mountain Dam and Lake Ouachita are located in central Arkansas, 67 miles southwest of Little Rock, Arkansas, and 13 miles northwest of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Blakely Mountain Dam is near the town of Mountain Pine.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(501) 767-2101

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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