From Arkansas boating, kayaking,
fishing and swimming to
skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling
- not to mention some of the most spectacular scenic views you’ll ever see
- the lakes and waterways of Arkansas’s state parks are here for you.
Escape to an island lodge, a cozy park cabin or spend a night
camping under the stars next to a blazing campfire on one of the many Arkansas
lakes. Discover wildlife and waterfowl
from black bears to mallard ducks. Maybe you'll even catch a glimpse a bald eagle,
America's national bird, soaring above one of our scenic lakes or Arkansas rivers.
There is simply no telling what adventures and wonders you'll discover in the natural
habitats of the Arkansas rivers and lakes that help make up the state parks in Arkansas.
Whether you pilot a party barge, are skipper of a sailboat, cruise the coves in
your fishing boat, or pull skiers in your powerboat, state parks in Arkansas
offer some of the best boating vacations around. Boating in Arkansas is exciting
because you have a diverse selection of locations from which to choose. The Natural
State contains thousands of acres of open water on our major lakes, miles of Arkansas
rivers and streams to explore, and countless smaller fishing holes, and
many of these have state parks on them or nearby. Find out more about Arkansas boating
park locations, and more.
There are no closed fishing seasons in the Natural State! That's right: You can
fish 24/7, 365 days a year. Arkansas fishing can be as simple as a cane pole and
can of worms, as graceful as a fly rod in a mountain trout stream, or as exciting
as a bass boat racing to the next hot spot. Here, you'll find 9,700 miles of fishable
streams and rivers, 600,000 acres of lakes, bayous, creeks, and sloughs open to
anglers from expert to novice. Whether you enjoy the serenity of a trout river,
quiet coves on Arkansas lakes, a fun-filled family outing, or the thrill
of hooking up with a trophy-sized lunker, you will find what you are looking for
in Arkansas. Find out more about the Arkansas State Parks located on or near your favorite fishing
When summer temperatures hit their high mark, swimming is by far the most popular
activity in Arkansas's state parks. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly
pool, clear lake water, a sparkling stream, or a good ol' Arkansas swimming hole,
the state parks of the Natural State can help you beat the heat. Camping and lodging,
picnic areas, and bathhouse facilities vary from park to park, as do lifeguard services.
Contact each park individually for further information, including hours of operations,
fees, and safety regulations. Click on any park name for a link to that park's Web
Water skiers everywhere seek "good water;" that is, they're on a quest to find wide
open water, skiing lakes and Arkansas rivers. In ideal conditions, at dawn's
first light and in the hours before dusk, the water's calm surface will be flat
and smooth as glass. Here in the Natural State, there are lake and river state parks
where the water is free of timber and other obstacles, and there's plenty of room
for water skiing and wakeboarding. Kneeboarding and tubing are also popular at these
parks. Find out more about the state parks where you can enjoy an Arkansas skiing vacation.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Whether you're a whitewater playboater, a river runner, a Class I floater, or a
flatwater touring paddler, you'll find your kind of water in the lake and river
state parks of Arkansas. The variety of river adventures is remarkable, ranging
from matchless trout fishing trips and rugged whitewater paddling to peaceful float
trips ideal for first timers. As for flatwater, touring paddlers will find miles
of undeveloped shorelines and hundreds of quiet coves on Arkansas's lakes. Consider
camping or renting a cabin in one of Arkansas's lake or river parks during your
next outdoor vacation. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at some locations.
Click here to find out more
about canoeing and kayaking in Arkansas State Parks.
Bird & Wildlife Watching
Arkansas wildlife can be found where there's water, so what better place to go birding
and wildlife watching than in the lake and river state parks of Arkansas?
The diversity of Arkansas's six natural divisions provides habitat for abundant
wildlife; plus, Arkansas is on the famed Mississippi Flyway, and migrating butterflies,
songbirds, and waterfowl fly through Arkansas by the millions each fall and spring.
Many state parks offer guided tours and hikes, conduct workshops and special wildlife
programs, and have wildlife, birding and butterfly checklists to assist you in finding
the best locations and knowing what to look for when you get there. In these places,
you might see big mammals, such as Arkansas black bear and white-tailed deer, or
you could watch beavers build a lodge in the water while herons, ducks, and songbirds
fly overhead. When you're watching wildlife, every minute is filled with suspense
and surprise. To find out more about birding and wildlife watching in the
lake and river state parks
Lodging & Camping
Arkansas State Parks offer campsites, cabins, or hotel-like lodges with a view of
one of the Natural State's lakes or rivers. Imagine starting your day by waking
up in a waterfront campsite. Or, perhaps you greet the sun from the porch of a lakefront
cabin. As you gaze at the water, you catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer drinking
at the shoreline. Overhead, you hear the cry of a red-tailed hawk as it soars high
above the forest and water. You feel the cool breeze blowing on your face. You are
ready to spend your day in an Arkansas state park.
Click here to find out more
about campsites and cabins in Arkansas on the water.