This shady campground sits on the scenic Shoal Bay arm of Lake Dardanelle, offering an excellent setting for boating, swimming and wildlife viewing.
The lake, a popular spot for anglers, is brimming with white bass, largemouth bass, bream, crappie and large catfish.
The Bridge Rock Trail winds along a rugged slope overlooking the narrows of Shoal Creek, offering excellent hiking opportunities.
Dardanelle's Visitor Center is noteworthy for its "Renaissance of a River" theme. Interpretive exhibits express the progression of river valley from the time of early Native Americans to its present day.
Shoal Bay offers 45 reservable campsites, most of which have electric hookups. Two large picnic shelters are also available. Amenities include a boat ramp, playground and hot showers.
Dardanelle Lake, sourced by the Arkansas River, spans 40,000 acres and boasts 315 miles of shoreline. The lake sits in the river valley between the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests.
Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary, with nearly 86 acres of wetlands and low woods, provide an ideal habitat for native wildlife. Visitors can explore the area on the 6 mile trail system.
ADA Access: N
Great Corp of Engineers Park tucked in the trees south of Lake Dardanelle. Paved level sites with water and electricity and clean bathrooms. Nice fishing available.
Shoal Bay is run by the Corps of Engineers. The campsite pads are large and well spaced but the camp seemed slightly below average for the area. The campground is next to the lake and the cost is pretty reasonable, it just doesn't seemed to be maintained as well as some of the other Corps of Engineer run campgrounds in the area.
If you are more interested in boating and care less about the camping aspect then this campground will be fine for you.