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Lake Ouachita State Park- Arkansas's largest manmade lake stretches across 48,000 acres and has 975 miles of impressive mountainous shoreline at Lake Ouachita State Park.

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Description - High in the Ouachita Mountains near the resort spa of Hot Springs, the exceptionally clear water of Lake Ouachita is popular with scuba divers, water skiers and fishermen. Unsurpassed scenic beauty, excellent fishing, water sports of all kinds and a prolific area for rock hounds are just a few of
the natural attractions of this area.

Attractions - There are many campgrounds and resorts in close proximity to the Lake, and the area is attractive for laid-back family vacations. At the lake's eastern tip, the state park includes historic Three Sisters' Springs, once thought to have curative powers. This is also a prime area for natural crystal hunting and rock collecting.

Recreation - Swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating and fishing for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers and trout can be enjoyed in the open waters and quiet coves of Lake Ouachita.

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 - 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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Filed By: Meso LaHornee' (Negro Springs, Mo)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: The toughest part was that people there don't like fat colored folks. The biggest reward was spending $20 of my relief check at the races and winning $100!!!! I would recommend the hot springs, but I don't dont appreciate all the "fat a**" comments from the locals. GREAT BBQ!!!

Filed By: Jim Campbell (Hot Springs, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I fish Ouachita regularly and work here as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger. The Striper fishing is excellent even with water temps dropping fast. Black and Kentucky bass as well as Crappie are biting in this highland reservoir. For more fishing information just ask! Camping is great. Altogether there are over 1,000 good campsites including developed campsites in fee campgrounds and lots of island spots (200 islands) and along the 700 miles of shoreline, and nearly 40,000 acrea of water fed by the Ouachita River. Roads are good to campgrounds, most paved. Electric and water is available at many fee sites. Check www.reserveamerica.com for details and reservations. One third of those sites are first come basis. There are many other opportunities available, including famous spa Hot Springs National Park and nearby Lake Hamilton. You can rent houseboats and fishing boats, jet skis, cabins, lodges at the several marinas. Crystal digging is popular at quartz crystal mines (fee) near the lake. A fantastic overlook to view a huge part of the lake is atop Hickory Nut Mtn. Pick a clear day, take a camera! Add this lake to your next Arkansas trip. It's one of the cleanest and most beautiful in America. Jim


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Lake Ouachita, 1201 Blakely Dam Rd. , Royal, AR, 71968-9493, Phone: 501-767-2101

Additional Information:
Arkansas Lakes and Reservoirs - There are 15 lakes all across the state and eight locks and dams found along the Arkansas River.
Ouachita Mountains Region - Mountainous terrain and numerous streams and lakes offer plenty of activities in the Ouachita Mountains Region.

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