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Arkansas Lakes and Reservoirs



Arkansas River
Beaver Lake
Blue Mountain Lake
Bull Shoals Lake
Dardanelle Lake
David D. Terry Lock And Dam
DeGray Lake
DeQueen Lake
Dierks Lake
Gillham Lake
Greers Ferry Lake
Lake Catherine State Park
Lake Charles State Park
Lake Chicot State Park
Lake Fort Smith State Park
Lake Frierson State Park
Lake Greeson
Lake Ouachita
Lake Poinsett State Park
Millwood Lake
Murray Lock And Dam
Nimrod Lake
Norfork Lake
Norrell Lock And Dam
Ozark Lake
Pool 4 Lock And Dam
Pool 5 Lock And Dam
Rockefeller Lake-Ormand Lock and Dam
Toad Suck Ferry Lock And Dam
White Oak Lake State Park
Wilbur D. Mills Lock And Dam

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Description - There are 15 lakes all across the state and eight locks and dams found along the Arkansas River. The Arkansas River is one of the Mississippi's largest tributaries. It flows 1,450 miles from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through the Royal Gorge, on through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas to its confluence with the Mississippi River. Four hundred and forty-five miles long with 17 locks and dams, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MCKARNS) is a reliable, year-round waterway into the Southwest. Essentially a series of navigation pools connected by locks, the waterway enables vessels to overcome a 420-foot difference in elevation from the Mississippi River to the head of navigation at Catoosa, Oklahoma. The waterway has five major publicly developed ports and numerous privately developed facilities.

Attractions - Arkansas lakes and reservoirs, the state park system and the Arkansas River provide a wide variety of attractions for family outings, avid fishermen, water sports and campinmg.

Recreation - The lakes and reservoirs offer plenty of boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and scuba diving activities. Hiking trails and camp sites are abundant.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February.

Location - Arkansas lakes are located throughout the state and the majority of reservoirs are found along the Arkansas River. Maps are avialble on the individual pages.


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Filed By: E. Tucker (Little Rock, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I recently spent a three-day weekend in a resort on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, AR. It rained quite a bit in the late afternoon but afterward it was cool and comfortable. The lake was nice to swim in (not too cold or murky) and there were several small coves to pull into and enjoy the scenery. All in all, it was very relaxing and I highly reccommend it.


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Arkansas - Arkansas boasts diversity of land forms and millions of acres of public lands. The warm climate of the state allows access throughout the year.

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