Lake Wedington beckons visitors of many types, those who come to relax and fish all day, those who come to speed along on bike paths or cruise on a boat, and those who want to stay in a cabin as a lakeside home-away-from-home. The recreation area also offers convenient access, as it is located just 13 miles west of Fayetteville, and 13 miles east of Siloam Springs.
The facility offers several rental cabins, campsites and picnic sites alongside its the lake. Each offers access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The area can be accessed by vehicle and a parking space should be available. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
A swimming area, boat ramp and accessible fishing pier are available on-site. Visitors enjoy boating, kayaking and canoeing, as well as fishing on the lake. Anglers seek bluegill, largemouth and spotted bass, bream and channel catfish, among other species. A world-record grass carp, weighing 80 pounds, was caught at the lake in 2004, using 14-pound line. In addition to picnic areas and swimming, the area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, however horses must be kept outside the park area at all times. The Lakeshore Hiking Trail circles a large portion of the lake. The North Twin hiking and mountain biking trial extends for sixteen miles from the facility. A volleyball court and horseshoes pits are also provided at the park.
Drinking water, showers, a boat ramp and flush toilets are among the available amenities at Lake Wedington. Campsites do not have electrical hookups, but are equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. The picnic pavilion and lodge are available for day-use only. The picnic pavilion can accommodate up to 75 guests and the lodge can hold up to 200 people. The six historic cabins are equipped with electricity, including heating and air conditioning. A kitchen area in each of the buildings is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, cooking pots and pans and basic tableware. Linens, towels and bedding are not provided. Guests should pack food, towels, blankets and/or sleeping bags, pillows, and other basic overnight supplies. They should also bring their own firewood or request to purchase from the park in advance. Click here for more information on Lake Wedington facilities.
In the 1930s, the lake and recreation area were built under the guidance of the Soil Conservation Service. The Forest Service acquired the land in 1954 and restored the buildings, and the location is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests who rent one of the cabins will get the opportunity to stay in a historic structure from the 1930s, while still enjoying the luxuries of a cozy bed and a coffee maker.
A variety of wildlife, trees, ferns and wildflowers surround the 102-acre Lake Wedington. Fall leaves put on quite a show, often attracting photographers. Wildlife in the area includes rabbits, deer and wild turkeys, as well as an array of migratory waterfowl. In winter, eagles may be sighted.
Along State Highway 16, both east to Fayetteville, or west to Siloam Springs, groceries, gasoline, ice and other supplies are available in the small communities of Prairie Grove, Farmington and Lincoln.
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Small clean lake with lots of wildlife and close to Fayetteville. Kayak, canoe, and fishing, with bird watching, RV and tent camping, and day use areas among the trees! Some handicap accessible areas. Improvements and upgrades have been and are being made.
We loved it here. Tons of trees throughout the campground. The sites are spread out and feel very private. Bathrooms and showers are clean too. No electric or water at the sites but there are potable water spigots available. There's a nice walking trail around the lake as well.
Absolutely love this place! Enjoyed hiking and just relaxing around the campground!
No hookups. Sites are small for campers. Scenic as it is on the lake
The hike around the lake is roughly 1.5 miles and beautiful
A gorgeous park in the Ozarks National Forest close to the civilization in Fayettville Arkansas. This place reminded me of Lake Lure from “Dirty Dancing” with its historical buildings and beautiful lake. Super quiet at night, there were about 18 campsites in the campground (none with electric or hookups), all reservable. This was somewhat a problem as I lacked reservations. While the campground was almost empty (there were only 5 other campers), there were only two sites that were “open” for the night. An impending storm kept many from showing up, and by morning there were only 3 tents still set up. Each site had a nice tent pad that according to the campground host drained well (except for one site on the hill, can't remember which site number, which fortunately wasn’t available), grills, and fire rings. I ended up with site #10 with a great view of the lake. In fact the only thing really separating me from the lake was a nice bit of lawn and the lake trail. The hosts had put up solar lights along the path through the trees to the bathroom, which would have been helpful if not for the relentless rain that kept everyone from wandering about in the dark. In the morning I didn’t have to share the shower house with anyone except the spiders as only 3 other campers stuck it out through the night and their sites were closer to the other shower house. While not modern by any means, the shower house was clean and the water was hot. Just know that you will need to push the water button several times to get a good rinse as it only seemed to run the water for about 2 minutes a push. I didn’t drive over to check out the cabins, but I understand that you can rent a historical cabin if tent camping isn’t your thing.
We stayed here for an event at the lodge across the lake and were surprised at how nice the sites were. It is relatively primitive with the bathrooms in need of being updated but they were functional. The lodge side has cabins and canoes to rent. The sites have a table and a fire pit. We were unable to try some of the trails here but will be back.
It's just 15 south of Siloam Springs and a great spot to swim and enjoy the outdoors with family!!
The park is very clean and well kept. There are 18 campsites and 2 bathhouses in the campground. Nice hiking trails and very clear lake with excellent fishing. Firewood is also available for purchase. The park is very dark at night. They are full most weekends and its best to reserve online.
Awesome hiking trail and great place for the family but I would avoid the place after dark.