Lake Ouachita - Arkansas's Largest Lake. With very little shoreline development. A Pristine Public Corps of Engineers Lake with 66,324 total acres of Land and Water surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest of more than 1.8 million acres.
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.
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• No homes are allowed on the tree covered rustic shore line of over 600 miles.
Pronounced "Wash-ah-taw", the lake was created by building the Blakely Mountain Dam.
With over 40,000 acres of water, Lake Ouachita averages 50 feet deep. The deepest area touching 200 feet.
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 Ouachita.
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