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Aerial view of Lake Ouachita
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Aerial view of Lake Ouachita
Description - Lake Ouachita State Park is known for the Lake Ouachita's crystal clear waters. The lake has 975 miles of rugged shoreline which encompass 48,000 acres of clean, inviting, sporting waters.

Attractions - Recognized as one of Arkansas' superior fishing lakes where bass, crappie, bream and catfish abound, Lake Ouachita is also stocked with rainbow trout, northern pike and ocean stripers. At the lake's eastern tip, the state park includes historic Three Sisters' Springs, once thought to have curative powers for different ailments.
The park offers 118 campsite, and walk-in tent sites, picnic areas, a marina (with boat, motor and slip rentals; bait and supplies), swimming area and trails. A store and snack bar are located in the visitor center. Seven fully equipped cabins with kitchens overlook the lake.

Recreation - Swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating and fishing for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers and trout can be enjoyed in open waters and quiet coves at Lake Ouachita State Park. A park interpreter offers guided hikes, scenic lake tours on a tour barge, nature talks and demonstrations, plus evening slide shows and movie presentations at the park's outdoor amphitheater or Visitor Center.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Location - Lake Ouachita State Park is located on 48,000 acre Lake Ouachita in the Ouachita Mountains Region of central Arkansas. From Hot Springs, travel three miles west on U.S. 270, then go 12 miles north on Arkansas Hwy. 227 to the park.


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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We like to camp at Lake Ouachita State Park because it's close to several mountain biking trails. If you want to mountain bike not too far from your campsite, The Little Blakely Trailhead is about 3-5 miles northeast of the Ouachita State Park enterance (maps for the Little Blakely Trail System, and other area trails, can be obtained from most Ouachita National Forest Ranger stations in the area). The Little Blakely Trail System contains several trails, totalling approx 30-40 miles of trails. These trails are for intermediate to advanced riders, or hikers. The ride begins with a steep climb on a double track, but the majority of the trails are technical single track. The South Loop offers awesome views of Lake Ouachita, as the trail winds in and out of revines along the lake's bank. This trail is suitable for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers, and hikers. Maps are stretegically posted at trail intersections for those who don't know the area. There are other mountain biking trails nearby. The closest is Chrystal Springs to Charlton (both are campgroungs), located about 35-45 minutes from Lake Ouachita State Park. I like to begin @ Chrystal Springs Campground. The trail begins next to the pavillion. It's about 12 miles round trip, and has a variety of single track including smooth, rocky, climbs, switchbacks, etc. The Womble Trail offers awesome singletrack which is usually smooth and on the "edge" of the mountain, but it's farther from Lake Ouachita State Park (about 1-1 1/2 hours to the Hwy 284 Trailhead). This large parking area is near the mid point of the trail, which is approximately 25 miles long. For 1-2 miles west and 4-6 miles east of the trailhead the singletrack is mostly smooth in gently rolling terrain, and is an excellent section for beginner (and more advanced) bikers to ride. The beginner riders can return to the trailhead at any time, and the more advanced riders can continue (east or west)to additional buff singletrack on the "edge". Expect a few steep climbs.

Filed By: Tim Sumrall (Jackson, MS)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The water is awsome (spring fed but not too cold to swim). The park is excellent. The marina very handy with any boat you might need. The bath houses brand new (2002). We camped primitive in a walk in area surrounded on 3 sides by lake. Nice trail to hike. RV area looked nice but not my bag.


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Contact Information:
Lake Ouachita State Park, 5451 Mountain Pine Rd , Mountain Pine, AR, 71956, Phone: 501-767-9366
, lakeouach@arkansas.com

Additional Information:
Arkansas State Parks - Arkansas's beautiful natural resources and history can be found in over 50 state parks and museums throughout the state.
Lake Ouachita - Known for the clarity of its water, Arkansas's largest manmade lake, Lake Ouachita, stretches across 48,000 acres and has 975 miles of impressive mountainous shoreline.
Ouachita Mountains Region - Mountainous terrain and numerous streams and lakes offer plenty of activities in the Ouachita Mountains Region.

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Arkansas State Parks - Official Arkansas State Parks website.

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