Lake Ouachita

Visit Beautiful Lake Ouachita, Arkansas's largest Reservoir with 66,324 total acres of Land and Water.

Locations of Lake Side Resorts, - Camp Grounds, - Ouachita State Park, -  Boat Rentals, -  Cabin Rentals, - Hiking / Biking Trails, -   Fishing Guides and Hunting Information, with the added bonus of GPS locations of Brush Piles / Crappie Condos.

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

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surrounding the lake. Yet Ouachita is only 13 miles from the Spa City of 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.
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, 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 150 feet to 2 feet in a short distance.

Trophy Striped Lake OuachitaLargemouth Bass, 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 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.

Forrest Wood Cup Results Lake Ouachita August 2015.

Recent Ouachita Events:

The International Mountain Bicycling Association  chapter, Ozark Off Road Cyclists, reminds mountain bikers of the state's newest Epic and longest mountain bike trail the 110 miles long, the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.

Mobile Diesel Services Comes to Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita Area.

Mercury Advisory Issued For Consumption of Fish.

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 Ben Sanders Striper Guide Lake Ouachita
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