Lake Ouachita is Arkansas's largest Lake with 66,324 total acres of land and water.
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.
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.
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 lake averages 50 feet deep. The deepest area touching 200 feet.
There are many unusual features in and around the lake, one feature, the 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.
Lake Ouachita was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954 for flood control and hydropower. Authorized purposes now include recreation, water supply, fish and wildlife management.