Great Arkansas Swimming Spots
Lake Charles State Park
When planning a beach vacation, land-locked Arkansas rarely jumps to
the top of the list. It's surprising to most that Arkansas indeed does
have lake and river beaches, with no jellyfish, no crabs or sharks.
Instead we have crystal clear waters surrounded by beautiful forested
We have huge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and U.S.D.A. Forest
Service lakes. Several state parks are located on lakes or rivers. There
are city parks and we have privately owned lakes and swimming holes. As you can see,
Arkansas has plenty to choose from. Some are fully developed, others are
Of the 23 state parks that have water access, eight offer Arkansas beaches.
These are DeGray Lake, Lakes Catherine, Charles, Dardanelle and
Ouachita, Village Creek, Woolly Hollow and Crowley's Ridge, along with
Jacksonport on the White River.
Greers Ferry Lake
Fifteen U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Arkansas have sandy
shores of some sort. The crystalline blue waters of Beaver, Bull Shoals,
Greers Ferry, Norfork, and Table Rock Lakes are all tucked away in the mountains in the northern
half of the state. Three of the sparkling Diamond Lakes -- Ouachita,
DeGray, and Greeson -- are Corps impoundments. Lakes Catherine and
Hamilton, two privately owned bodies of water round out the five gems.
Eight watery playgrounds are located in the confines of the
tree-shrouded Ozark and St. Francis National Forests. Cove, Spring,
Horsehead and Shores Lakes, plus Lake Wedington and Long Pool are
located in the Ozarks. The St. Francis in the eastern part of the state
boasts Bear Creek and Storm Creek Lakes. In the Ouachitas, Albert Pike,
Charlton, Jack Creek, Knoppers Ford recreation areas are on the banks of
mountain streams and small lakes. Lake Sylvia and Shady Lake are
popular Ouachitas Arkansas swimming destinations.
Don't think you have to head to the hinterlands for swim beaches in
Arkansas. Some of the best Arkansas swimming destinations here are
city-owned properties such as Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs,
Beaverfork Lake in Conway, and Hill Wheatley Park on Hot Springs' Lake
Hamilton, so you can dive right in to a bit of summer fun without having to spend half your day in the car.
Lake Bennett at Woolly Hollow State Park
Some of the Arkansas beaches have user fees. Be sure to contact and check
with the agency that oversees the lake and/or river for
information about hours, usage policy and more.
Pack your swimsuit, inner tubes and other floatable toys, and a
picnic lunch, and come splash the summer away on an Arkansas beach or swimming hole.
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