Lake Ouachita is Arkansas's largest Lake with 66,324 total acres of land and water.
Lake Ouachita Campgrounds
Remaining open for Fall / Winter 2014 -2015. All Fish Cleaning Stations are Closed.
A Corps of Engineers Lake located in the
Ouachita National Forest of more than 1.8 million acres with 20,000 pristine forested acres of Corps property surrounding the lake. Yet Ouachita
is only 13 miles from Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
Where to Find
Lake Side Resorts,
Lake Ouachita State Park,
Fishing Guides and
Hiking / Biking Trails on and around Lake Ouachita
Fishing Guides and
Hunting Information, with the added bonus of
GPS locations of Brush Piles / Crappie Condos.
No homes are allowed on the tree covered rustic shore line of over 600 miles.
With Over 200 islands you can find your own private camping
space with beach.
Lake Ouachita is one of the cleanest lakes in the country.
It is the first of 3 lakes built on the Ouachita River.
Pronounced "Wash-ah-taw", the lake was created by building the
Blakely Mountain Dam.
“Ouachita” is the French spelling of the Indian word "Washita" which is from two
Choctaw Indian words, "Owa Chito," meaning big hunt.
With over 40,000 acres of water, the Ouachita averages 50 feet
deep. The deepest area touching 200 feet.
Lake Ouachita was not clear cut
before it was filled, so a forest is still standing beneath the surface.
Many trees left standing were over 60 feet tall. Always be on the lookout
for shallow water markers and tree tops. Even in seemingly open water you
can go from 150 feet to 2 feet in a short distance.
Small Mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bream,
World Class Striped Bass await the angler.
There are many unusual features in and around the lake, one
Geo-Float Trail, is a marked water trail which can be followed with a
brochure detailing prominent geologic features along the lake route. Lake
Ouachita also features one of the largest crystal veins in the world.
Rare freshwater jelly fish (non-stinging) and fresh water sponges which only thrive in the world's cleanest lakes can be seen in the lake.
Scuba Divers from all over the world enjoy the clarity of the water and the special spear fishing season.
FLW announces the Forrest Wood Cup will Return to Lake Ouachita in 2015.
Lake Ouachita was constructed and completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954 for flood control and hydropower.
now include recreation, water supply, fish and wildlife management.
Current Lake Level
Current Water Temperature.
Recent Ouachita Events:
Mobile Diesel Services
Comes to Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita Area.
Issued For Consumption of Fish for Lake Ouachita.