Many Arkansas vacations occur on or around the water, because of the numerous
lakes, rivers, and streams in the state, and there is a lake in Arkansas that
will accommodate whatever interest you have. An Arkansas lake vacation can take
advantage of more than 600,000 acres of natural and manmade lakes scattered
across the state. Once you find your perfect lake in Arkansas you will be able
to indulge in fishing, boating,
swimming, as well as take advantage of all the attractions that surround the
lakes. Arkansas lakes are some of the most popular tourist destinations.
There are eight dams along the more than 770-mile course of the White
River, which flows from Fayetteville
north to Branson, Missouri
and then back into Arkansas where it meanders its way south until it enters
the Mississippi River. Two of the dams are in Missouri. Lake Beaver Arkansas
is one of the lakes created by the six dams in Arkansas. It's nestled high in
the Ozark Mountains in the northwest part of the state, and only a short drive
from the spas of Eureka
Springs. Completed in 1966, Lake Beaver Arkansas provides 28,370 acres of
natural scenic beauty and recreational activities.
There are more than 650 camping
sites around the 487 miles of Lake Beaver Arkansas shoreline, as well as twelve
parks offering swimming beaches, hiking
and biking trails, and boat launching ramps. Cabins,
resorts, and other lodging
possibilities abound throughout the area. There is bass fishing, and plentiful
crappie, bream, and catfish.
Other Arkansas lakes in the Ozarks include Bull Shoals on the lower White River, which is one of the best bass fishing spots in the state. Greers Ferry Lake has a rainbow trout hatchery. Lake Norfolk boasts nineteen developed shoreline state parks. You'll find Lake Dardanelle located about halfway between Little Rock and Fort Smith.
Lake Hamilton Arkansas is another manmade lake, and is located more or less
in the center of the state, not far from Little Rock. Hot Springs National Park
is right on its northern shores. It was completed in 1932 with the building
of the Carpenter Dam on the Ouachita River. The 7,200 acres of Lake Hamilton
Arkansas is both a vacation destination as well as a popular residential lake.
Lake lodging includes condos, golfing
and fishing resorts, cabins, and motels that ring the lake on all sides. You
can also take advantage of the many Hot
Springs hotels and charming bed and breakfast inns.
An Arkansas lake vacation here gives you access to all the many outdoor recreation
possibilities, and Lake Hamilton Arkansas is easily accessible to attractions
such as Magic Springs
and Crystal Falls, the beautiful Garvan Woodland Botanical Gardens, as well
as lunch and dinner cruises on the 400-passengers Belle of Hot Springs
riverboat. There are outlets to rent or purchase all kinds of boats and water
sports equipment, and outfitters are available as fishing and hunting guides.
Other Arkansas lakes in the Ouachita Mountains include DeGray Lake, very popular for camping and also located near Hot Springs. Greeson Lake is stocked by the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission and is near the city of Murfreesboro. The largest lake in Arkansas is Lake Ouachita at more than 40,000 acres. It boasts the most pristine shoreline (970 miles) in the state, and more than 100 uninhabited islands are available for primitive camping.
Wherever you are in the state, you can find a rewarding Arkansas lake vacation waiting.