Lake Ouachita


Lake Ouachita lies in the eastern section of the Ouachita National Forest in Garland and Montgomery counties in Arkansas. Its southern border is about 15 miles from Hot Springs, Arkansas, the closest metro area. It covers 66,324 acres with over 600 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 50 feet, but can reach 200 feet deep. It is the biggest lake in Arkansas and one of the cleanest lakes in the U.S. The Corps of Engineers oversees Lake Ouachita and its shoreline. The Ouachita River feeds Lake Ouachita. There are over 200 islands in the lake and standing timber in the lakebed. Some of the trees when Lake Ouachita was impounded were over 60 feet tall. Lake Ouachita sees over eight million visitors a year.  More Lake Information

Lake Ouachita Calendar of Events


SAT, JUN 18

Media Bass Tournament

Media Bass Tournament for Louisiana North Teams Division is happening on June 18, 2022.

Lake Ouachita Camping


Big Fir Public Use Area

Big Fir Campground is a basic campground on Lake Ouachita's northwest shore. It offers 50 non-electric campsites. Only tent camping is allowed here. There is also a boat ramp and restrooms in the park. For...

Joplin Recreation Area-USACE

Joplin Recreation Area-USACE is on the south side of the lake, Joplin. They offer 65 campsites with ground and pedestal grills, a concrete table, a lantern post, and shaded areas. There are no places or areas...

Brady Mountain Recreational Area

There are 57 RV sites and 17 tent sites at Brady Mountain Recreation Area & Campground, as well as flush toilets, showers, and water. A full-service marina, a scuba diving shop, and a boat ramp are all...

Highway 27 Fishing Village

Highway 27 Fishing Village is located in the Ouachita National Forest 40 miles West of Hot Springs, Arkansas. They offer campsites with electricity and water and a waterfront view. There's also a lakefront...

Denby Point Campground

The Tompkins Bend campground is close to Denby Point. It has 58 RV campsites with electricity and water, as well as 9 tent sites. Showers, flush toilets, a playground, picnic areas, pathways, and an...

Lake Ouachita Marinas


Crystal Springs Resort

Crystal Springs Resort is located 15 miles west of Hot Springs. They offer a full-service marina with a snack, bait, and gift store, as well as a seasonal restaurant, a motel, several cottages with views of...

Echo Canyon Resort

Echo Canyon Resort was formerly known as Spillway Resort and Marina. It offers cabin rentals, a restaurant, a boat dock, boat rentals, and a lot of family fun. If you have your own boat, you can rent a boat...

Brady Mountain Resort and Marina

Brady Mountain Resort and Marina is located in Royal, AR. It offers a full-service marina with a dive shop, houseboat rentals, lovely cabins, a mini-golf course, and a full-service restaurant are all...

Mountain Harbor Marina

Mountain Harbor Marina is located in Mt Ida, Arkansas. They offer luxurious cabins, lake view guest rooms and boat rentals. They have a 26' Tritoon with a slide and 150 hp engine for 600$ per day. A 30'...

Lake Ouachita Shores Resort Mrn

Lake Ouachita Shores Resort Mrn is located in Mt. Day, Arkansas. They offer motel rooms, small bungalows, big bungalows and boat rentals. They have 29' Aloha Party Barge with 115 hp motor with hard top and a...

Lake Ouachita What To Do


Gangster Museum of America

Gangster Museum of America offers guided video tours of the relationship between the local area and prominent American gangsters are available at the museum. Also, visit the museum's gift shop, where you may...

Mid-America Science Museum

Mid-America Science Museum is located less than a mile from Hot Springs National Park and is surrounded by a magnificent natural setting. There are exhibits like a gigantic Tesla coil that combines education...

Capo's Tacos

Capo's Tacos is old-school mexican dining in Hot Springs, AR. This is a family-owned business. They offer handmade corn tortillas and slow-cooked meats and vegetables. They offer soups, ensaladas, tortas,...

Cortez Golf Course

The shotmaker's course at Cortez Golf Club is well-known. It's a 425-yard par four with a downhill slope that leads to an elevated green. SRT 1020 Bentgrass is used on the greens, and Hybrid Bermuda grass is...

Hot Springs Central Theater

The Central Theatre was built in the 1920s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shows, productions, parties, and other events can be held in the Central Theatre Multi-Media Facility. The...

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Lake Ouachita Current Weather Alerts

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Lake Ouachita Weather Forecast

Tuesday

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 70

Tuesday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 60

Wednesday

Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 74

Wednesday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 65

Thursday

Thunderstorms

Hi: 77

Thursday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 60

Friday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 78

Friday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 58