Lake Ouachita - Largest Lake in Arkansas. With very little shoreline
Find Locations of:
Public Camp Grounds,
Lake Side Resorts,
Lake Ouachita State Park
Hiking / Biking Trails, and
GPS locations of Brush Piles / Crappie Condos.
• No homes are allowed on the tree covered rustic shore line of over 600 miles.
• Lake Ouachita is one of the cleanest lakes in the country.
with 66,324 total acres of Land and Water
• Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest of more than 1.8 million acres.
The first of 3 lakes built on the
open camping and over 200 islands you can find your own private Lake Side
Yet Lake Ouachita is only 13 miles from the Spa City of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
on the East End and on the door steps of the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World,
Mount Ida, Arkansas,
on the West End.
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, Lake 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 100 feet to 2 feet in a short distance.
Small Mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bream, Crappie, Catfish,
Walleye and World Class Striped Bass await the angler.
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 marked trail.
Lake Ouachita also features one of the largest crystal veins in the world.
Rare freshwater jelly fish , fresh water sponges
and fresh water shrimp which only thrive in the world's cleanest lakes can be seen in
Scuba Divers from all over the world enjoy the clarity of the water and the special spear fishing season.
Recent Ouachita Events:
The International Mountain Bicycling Association
Ozark Off Road Cyclists,
reminds mountain bikers of the state's newest Epic and longest mountain bike
trail the 223 miles long,
Ouachita National Recreation
Mobile Diesel Service
comes to Lake Ouachita Area.
Lake Ouachita was constructed and 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
by the AGFC.
Ben Sanders Striped Bass Guide Lake Ouachita
cc - 2 / 2019