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Lake Ouachita

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Address: Hot Springs, AR
Activities: Canoeing
Description: The largest lake in Arkansas covers 48,300 acres.

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Huge, gorgeous lake

This lake is huge, tons to explore. So many nice places to picnic and enjoy. We didn't fish or boat, but we did spend a whole day driving around the lake , nature watching, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Batesville, Arkansas
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Batesville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This lake is huge, tons to explore. So many nice places to picnic and enjoy. We didn't fish or boat, but we did spend a whole day driving around the lake , nature watching, and it's beautiful. Wonderful photo ops.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It is so beautiful. I love Arkansas. There is a lot to do and see. I have been back there 3 times. Looking forward to going again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We walked Caddo Bend Trail. They mean it when they say bring water because it was quite a lot of steep paths but when you get to the overlook it's worth it. You don't get close enough to the water though and some spots are very narrow. The lake is beautiful and from what I hear it's the cleanest lake... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

One of the purest, cleanist lakes in USA. Try traveling up Hickory Nut road to the vista to understand the breadth of this lake -islands and trees and water everywhere. Be cautious where the road forks -take the left route. The right road takes you several miles around the mountainside on rough, service type roads and eventually back to a... More 

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Russellville, Arkansas, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is one of the best lakes in Arkansas for swimming, skiing, tubing, and all around family fun. The water is clean and clear. The shoreline is wonderful. Wishing summer were here already!

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We had a good time here walking some of the trails and seeing Lake Ouachita. It's a lovely area to walk or drive and there is free entrance to Arkansas State Parks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Not as clean as I thought that it would be but an excellent lake all in the same. My kids enjoyed seeing the ducks and other wildlife the lake had to offer.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It is so incredibly quiet there it is hard to believe. My lovely wife and I went to Brady Mountain camp area and Blakely Mountain Dam and both were wonderful. We saw only 4 people (out of cars) all day. The water is so incredibly cold at the dam, it is like Arkansas' answer to Hover Dam. A lot of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Beautiful but camping is close quarters. Good hiking. Next time I want to bring or rent a kayak or canoe and camp on an island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

We arrived at Lake Ouachita State Park at about 4:30 in the afternoon and set out on the 4-mile loop hike around the peninsula. The trail is not especially difficult and is marked at 1/2 mile intervals, so you know how far you've gone. The views of the lake from the trail are beautiful, particularly the one from the platform... More 

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