Lake Ouachita

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Lake Ouachita is Arkansas's largest Lake with 66,324 total acres of land and water.

FLW announces the Forrest Wood Cup will Return to Lake Ouachita in 2015.

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.

Where to Find Lake Side Resorts, Camp Grounds, Lake Ouachita State ParkBoat RentalsCabin Rentals, Fishing Guides and Hiking / Biking Trails on and around Lake Ouachita 

Information for Fishing and Hunting, with the added bonus of GPS locations of Brush Piles / Crappie Condos.

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, the lake 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.

World class striped await the angler in Lake Ouachita.Largemouth 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 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.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Ouachita.

Map of Lake Ouachita

Fishing

Boat Ramps

10 Marinas

History of Lake Ouachita

Indian Mounds in the Lake.

Information Center

2014 Campground Schedule Lake Ouachita.

Average Lake Levels by Year and Month.

Leave No Trace Camping.

Adopt A Ouachita Shoreline / Island Program

Lake Ouachita Boating Laws

Eagle Tours.

Suntex Marina announces the acquisition of Brady Mountain Resort.

New AG&FC concrete ramp completed in Rabbit Tail area.

New Corps of Engineers Office Building

Recent Events:

Mobile Diesel Services for Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita Area.

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