Lake Ouachita, Arkansas, United States
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Lake Ouachita Information

About Lake Ouachita

Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, the 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita in Arkansas is famous for its natural beauty. The lake is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, which is one of the major attractions for visitors, who also come to the lake to participate in various water sports and activities such as swimming, fishing and boating. Lake Ouachita offers wonderful recreational activities and there is a lot more to see and do in the area.

Things to Do in Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita State Park is home to the historic Three Sisters’ Springs, which is a source of natural spring water that is accessible through a springhouse with exhibits. Lake Ouachita State Park has become famous for offering cruises on Lake Ouachita—a fun and relaxing way to see the beautiful mountains and scenery. Swimming beaches are also offered at Lake Ouachita State Park, and scuba divers enjoy the clear waters at more than 30 distinct dive spots in the lake. Lake Ouachita is also popular among anglers, who come here for striped bass and largemouth bass fishing. Make sure to acquire an Arkansas fishing license if you don’t have one already. Around mid-June, there is a spearfishing tournament that takes place on the Saturday after season opens. A popular hike is the four-mile Caddo Loop Trail, which outlines a rocky peninsula in Lake Ouachita State Park. If you’re looking to play some golf, nearby Hot Springs Village is the ideal location with premiere courses.

Day Trips Near Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita is a short drive from Hot Springs—the eleventh largest city in Arkansas that also happens to be the former home of President Bill Clinton. Hot Springs is known for its natural hot springs that serve as a relaxing spa vacation getaway to visitors. Also within driving distance is Little Rock, which is the capital of Arkansas and home to the Clinton Presidential Center, Big Dam Bridge, and other points of interest. Other nearby towns to visit include Jessieville, Mountain Pine, Oden and Pencil Bluff.

Lake Ouachita Accommodation

There are a few cabins and homes situated on the lakeshore in Lake Ouachita State Park that overlook the lake and woods, providing easy access to water and forest activities. There are also park campgrounds with 93 campsites that offer overnight options for outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain Harbor Resort right on the lake is a community of condos and cabins where visitors can rent privately owned residences during their stay, and many guests also choose to stay in different gated communities in and around the area, including Hot Springs Village near Lake Ouachita National Park.

Transportation in Lake Ouachita

The best way to get around the lake is via boat, which makes it easy to travel around all 40 miles of the Lake and see all it has to offer. There are a variety of boat rentals available, including kayak, pontoon and powerboat. There is also free and abundant parking for those traveling with an RV Trailer Camper. There is ample hiking available on different trails with varying levels of difficulty, and these are best accessed on foot or via bicycle.

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Vacation Rentals in Lake Ouachita

Find the best Lake Ouachita vacation rentals on With over 105 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Lake Ouachita range from $55 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.

Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 79 homes in Lake Ouachita offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 36 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 100 homes with cable TV.

For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Lake Ouachita offers 29 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on

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