|Caroline D. Grimm|
Arkansas’s largest lake, Lake Ouachita offers 40,000 acres of clear, clean water surrounded by the scenic Ouachita National Forest. Swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, kayaking, and fishing are enjoyed here. Bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass, and largemouth bass can be caught in open waters or quiet coves. Choose from a wide variety of day-use areas and overnight accommodations.
The park has 93 campsites (58 Class AAA, 23 Class D, and 12 walk-in tent sites), some right on the water. There are eight fully-equipped cabins with kitchens and the comforts of home, most of them overlooking the lake. Four camper cabins are an affordable option and are right in the campground. They include one room sleeping for four, screened porch, picnic table with grill and lantern hanger, heat/air. A family style bathhouse nearby (one large private room that has a shower, sink, and toilet) is perfect for families with small children. Bring your own linens, cooler and cooking supplies. They are dog-friendly. Other facilities include Caddo Bend trail, picnic tables, swimming areas, and a marina with boat and kayak rentals, bait, and supplies. Historic Three Sisters’ Springs is in the park. There are also exhibits and a gift shop inside the visitor center. Interpretive programs such as guided hikes, eagle cruises, and kayak tours are offered year-round. The state park is near Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village.