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 Camping


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...

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...

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...

Crystal Springs Campground

Crystal Springs Campground is located on the Arkansas shoreline of Lake Ouachita. There are approximately 74 campsites, with the majority of them having water and electric hookups. There's also a boat ramp, a...

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...

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...

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 What To Do


Balboa Golf Course

Balboa is a more walker-friendly course than the others in the Village, having broader fairways and fewer elevation changes. It also contains a number of difficult par 3s. Penn Cross/Crenshaw Bent grasses are...

Splash Wine Bar

Splash Wine Bar is located adjacent to Barrels Unlimited at 325 Ouachita Avenue. This is a great place to enjoy drinks with your family and friends. They serve the best wine, hard liquor drinks, and a cheese...

The Galaxy Connection

The Galaxy Connection features a Star Wars and superhero toys and props collection, as well as a gift shop, which are on display in this storefront museum. This is a great place to bring children.

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...

Little Italy

Little Italy is located in Hot Springs, AR that offers real Italian-style foods. They serve hand-tossed pizza, homemade pasta, soups, salads, chicken, veal, seafood, sandwiches, Stromboli's, calzone, eggplant....

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Lake Ouachita Weather Forecast

Monday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 54

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 34

Tuesday

Mostly Sunny

Hi: 59

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 37

Wednesday

Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 60

Wednesday Night

Chance Rain

Lo: 46

Thanksgiving Day

Chance Rain

Hi: 57

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 41