Lake Ouachita

 One of the most popular outdoor recreation activities at Lake Ouachita is camping. The Corps of Engineers manages 16 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. Six of the campgrounds feature contract or volunteer park attendants who register incoming campers, provide information, and ensure the campground is operated to provide the safest, most enjoyable experience for all visitors.

Group Camping areas are available by reservation through the Lake Ouachita Field Office which allows clubs, families, and friends to camp together in a common area for a reasonable fee.Group camping areas are located at  Little Fir, and Spillway Day Use area. Denby Point and Crystal Springs Group camping area reservations can be made by calling the National Recreation Reservation System.

The outdoor activities at Lake Ouachita are numerous.  From your campsite base you can enjoy a day boating or fishing on the 40, 000 acres of crystal clear water, hike, swim or picnic at one of our many designated beaches and picnic areas, or just sit back and enjoy a campfire or relax in the shade of your campsite. 

Camp at Lake Ouachita and enjoy some of the best scenery nature has to offer in the state of Arkansas. 

Island Camping:

With over 200 islands, Lake Ouachita is an extremely popular site for island camping.  Be sure to Leave No Trace.  If you carry it in, please carry it out-this will eliminate litter.  Protect water sources from contamination – use biodegradable soap, or try hot water soapless dishwashing, bathing and clothes washing.  When using soap (even biodegradable) and toothpaste, dispose of the wastewater at least 100 feet away from natural water sources.  Remember that nails and wires should not be used on trees because they can cause serious damage to trees, and that burn damage will permanently scar or kill a tree.  If building a campfire make sure that you keep it contained with rocks and build it at least 10 feet away from trees and other brush.  Never leave a campfire unattended.  By following these and other safe camping practices you can keep Lake Ouachita’s islands healthy for future generations to enjoy.

Camping Policies and Regulations

 

Class A Camping Areas

All campsites are non-reservable and are available on a “first come-first serve” basis from 26th September through 30 April.  Reservable campsites are available from 1 May to 25th September. Fees: $14– $30 per night

Reservations for Class A sites at these camping areas (excluding Stephens Park)  may be made by calling the National Recreation Reservation System’s toll free number 1-877-444-6777 or on the internet at www.recreation.gov

 Stephens Park – 9 campsites Location:  Highway 227 in Hot Springs to Mountain Pine, then follow Blakely Dam Road past school.  Park is on left at the base of Blakely Mountain Dam.  Campsite Description:  Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, shade. Amenities:  Flush toilet, showers, potable water at every site, sewer hookups at every site, 50 amp electrical hookups,playground, pavilion, picnic area, boat ramp (Avery Park).   Nearby facilities:  Spillway Recreation Area (swim beach, group camp, picnic area, pavilion, fish cleaning station, boat ramp) Echo Canyon Resort- marina store, cabin rentals, restaurant http://www.echocanyonar.com/ Lake Ouachita State Park – cabins, marina, dump station, trails, visitor center, camping, picnic area, showers, playground, swim beach  http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakeouachita/

Brady Mountain- Campground Map

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74 campsites Campground Address: 1320 Brady Mountain Overlook Royal, AR 71968 Location:  13 miles west of Hot Springs on Highway 270W, then 6.1 miles north on Brady Mountain Road.  Campsite Description: Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, shade available Amenities:  Flush toilets, potable water near sites, showers, boat ramp, playground, hiking trail, pavilion, picnic area, amphitheater, trailer dump station, swim beach, fish cleaning station, handicap accessible site (# 59). 50 amp sites available Nearby facilities:  Brady Mountain Resort – full service marina, restaurant, lodge, cabins, horseback riding, scuba shop, boat ramp, boat rental. http://www.bradymtn.com/

Crystal Springs -Campground Map View Google Map  – 74 campsites Campground Address:  Crystal Springs 1130 N. Crystal Springs Road Royal, AR 71968 Location: 16.8 miles west of Hot Springs on Highway 270W, then 1.5 miles north on Crystal Springs Road.  Campsite Description:  Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, water hookups, shade. Amenities: Flush toilets, potable water at sites, showers, boat ramp, trailer dump station, swim beach (2), fish cleaning station, handicap accessible sites (# 22 and # 73),  50 amp sites available, group campsites available, trails Nearby facilities:  Crystal Springs Day Use Area – Picnic area, playground, pavilions (2), boat ramp, fish cleaning station, amphitheater.  Crystal Springs Resort – full service marina, boat rental, restaurant. http://www.crystalspringsresort.com/

JoplinCampground Map

View Google Map  – 64 campsites Campground Address:  Joplin 303 Campground Road Mt. Ida, AR 71957 Location:  Highway 270, 24 miles west of Hot Springs, then 1.9 miles north on Mountain Harbor Road.   Turn left at campground sign (straight will lead into the marina).   Campsite Description:  Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, shade. Campsites are not level and caution is advised while establishing camp.  *Not recommended for large trailers, large RV’s or units with “slide outs”* Amenities:  Flush toilets, potable water near sites, showers, boat ramp, trailer dump station, swim beach, fish cleaning station, trails Nearby facilities:  Mountain Harbor Resort – Full service marina, boat rental, restaurant, Subway, lodge, condominiums, cabins, camping, meeting facility, Turtle Cove Spa, horseback riding.  http://www.mountainharborresort.com/

Tompkins Bend -Campground Map

View Google Map  – 77 campsites Campground Address:  Tompkins Bend 15 Tompkins Bend Mt. Ida, AR 71957 Location:  Highway 270, 25 miles west of Hot Springs and 10.7 miles east of Mount Ida, then 2.1 miles north on Shangri-La Road.  Turn left at campground sign (straight will lead into the marina).  Campsite Description:  Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, shade. Amenities:  Flush toilets, potable water on all sites, showers, boat ramp, amphitheater, trailer dump station, fish cleaning station, trails.  50 amp sites available, playground, pavilion. Nearby Facilities:  Shangri-La Resort – Full service marina, restaurant, cabins, motel, boat rental.  http://www.shangrilaresortar.net/

Denby Point -Campground Map

View Google Map – 67 campsites  Campground Address:  Denby Point 119 Ouachita Shores Parkway Mt. Ida, AR 71957 Location: Highway 270, 26 miles west of Hot Springs and 9.5 miles east of Mount Ida, then 0.3 miles north on Denby Road.  Turn left at campground sign (straight will lead into the marina).  Campsite Description:  Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, shade. Amenities:  Flush toilets, potable water on  sites, showers, boat ramp, amphitheater, trailer dump station, fish cleaning station, swim beach, playground, picnic area, trails.    50 amp sites available, 2 group camping areas available ($60-65). Nearby Facilities:  Lake Ouachita Shores Resort – Full service marina, lodge, motel, bungalows, boat rental                                    

Class B Campgrounds:

All Class B campsites are non-reservable and are available on a “first come-first serve” basis year-round. 

Fees:  $12-$16 per night

 

Little Fir View Google Map  – 29 campsites Location:  Highway 27, 4.7 miles north of Mount Ida, then east on Highway 188. 8 miles on Highway 188, then turn right at campground sign (straight will lead into marina).  Campsite Description:  Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, water, shade. Amenities:  Flush toilets, potable water on sites, boat ramp, fish cleaning station, dump station,  50 amp sites available.  Group camping area available for $30.  *No showers* Nearby Facilities:  Little Fir Landing – full service marina and campground http://www.littlefirlanding.com/

Twin Creek View Google Map – 15 campsites Location:  Highway 270, 27 miles west of Hot Springs and 8.8 miles east of Mount Ida, then 1 mile on Twin Creek Road. Campsite Description: Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, shade. Amenities: Flush toilet, boat ramp, swim beach, fishing pier, overflow camping (major holidays only). *No showers* Nearby facilities:  Bait shops, Lake Ouachita Shores Resort, Shangri-La Resort, Mountain Harbor Resort, Mount Ida

Other Camping Areas:

Primitive campsites are located on the north end of Lake Ouachita at Big Fir, Buckville, Cedar Fourche, Rabbit Tail, Avant, Irons Fork, Ebone Point (boat-in only) and Washita.  There is no charge for camping at these areas.  Amenities at these areas are as follows:

Buckville pit toilets, concrete tables, lantern post, ground grill, pedestal grill, boat ramp

Cedar Fourche – restrooms and showers only

Irons Fork – pit toilets, concrete tables, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, boat ramp

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