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