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Arkansas Lakes & Rivers: Floating, Fishing, and Watersports Fun

Shimmering lakes, brisk mountain streams, and wandering rivers make Arkansas one of the country’s best destination for watersports. Pristine waters offer endless fun and a relaxed vacation lifestyle. You’ll find first-rate fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and rafting on the waterways of Arkansas.

Fed by unpolluted streams and springs, Arkansas’ mountain lakes are among the cleanest in the world. Their clarity attracts scuba divers, underwater photographers, and numerous species of fish. Go fishing for brag-worthy catches at lakes like Bull Shoals, Ouachita, Beaver, and Greers Ferry Lake. Lakes in South Arkansas, like the ox-bow shaped Lake Chicot, provide a plethora of opportunities for skiing, sailing, fishing, and jet skiing.

Arkansas rivers run for 9,700 miles, including the vast Mississippi River, the bluff-lined Buffalo National River, and the namesake Arkansas River. Cool off in calm swimming holes, go white-water rafting, or paddle a kayak along the waterways. Anglers will find some of the best trout-fishing and small-mouth bass rivers in the country.

Whether you float in an inner tube or fish from a boat, Arkansas lakes and rivers are natural treasures to be cherished and enjoyed.

Beaver Lake

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Beaver Lake is a 30,000-acre man-made reservoir and a top tourist attraction in northwest Arkansas. Visitors frequently drive in from Bentonville, Springdale, and Fayetteville for the year-round outdoor reaction.

Created by the Beaver Dam near Eureka Springs, the lake offers recreational activities like hiking, boating, swimming beaches, fishing, and more. Check out the Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area for more Beaver Lake recreation.

Greers Ferry Lake

Spread across over 40,000 acres, Greers Ferry Lake is an outdoors person’s paradise, set in northern Arkansas, near the cities of Clinton and Heber Springs. The man-made reservoir features a ton of recreation, including plenty of boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports.

Formed by the Greers Ferry Dam, the lake scenically sits on the eastern edge of the Ozark Mountains, yielding excellent hiking along the shores. There are multiple marinas for quality boating, and excellent fishing near the Devil’s Fork of the Little Red River.

Lake Conway

The largest man-made lake in the United States, Lake Conway was created by game and fish for sport. Featuring over 52 miles of shoreline, this lake has ample space to spread out and utilize the man-made resource. Lake Conway is stocked with bass, crappie, bream and catfish and is known to be great for fishing. Boat access and docks provide the opportunity to get out onto the open water of the lake which stretches 8 miles long.

Located in the northern region of the state in Conway, the lake is accessible by gravel roads. Fishermen who wish to are able to rent boats and equipment for use on the lake. The average depth rarely reaches above 18 feet, making this water line relatively shallow and easy to maneuver in. In the Springtime Lake Conway hosts the Crappie Master’s State Tournament.

Lake Village Country Club

As you plan your next trip into central Arkansas, head for the city of Lake Village and be sure to experience the charm and majesty of playing nine holes of golf at Lake Village Country Club. Opened in 1967, this executive course is a premier destination in the area.

Travel with your club and book a tee time for Lake Village Country Club. You'll find public access to the course, where you can play the nine-hole course once for a quick afternoon experience, or double up the holes and enjoy the full 18-hole adventure. Drive in from nearby McGehee and shoot for the course record.