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.
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
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.