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COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground

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US Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Ouachita


Crystal Springs Campground, perched on the shores of Lake Ouachita in Arkansas, is an ideal spot for families, friends and couples. Approximately 1.2 million people visit the lake each year to explore its crystal clear waters and scenic mountain landscape.Click here for the Lake Ouachita Virtual Tour.


Visitors enjoy fishing, water skiing, hiking and boating. Scuba diving is particularly popular because of the lake's high underwater visibility. Small and rare freshwater jellyfish (non-stinging) can be found, in addition to many types of fish, including the striped bass, lazily drifting between rocks. Bald eagles are a big attraction for bird watchers and photographers in winter months.


The campground consists of 68 sites including 63 sites with electric and water hookups. There is also a reservable group campsite that includes electrical and water hookups. The two group picnic shelters have electricity. Other amenities include a dump station, fish cleaning station, hot showers, boat ramp, playground and a swim beach.

Natural Features

Lake Ouachita is nestled in the Ouachita Mountains just 10 miles west of Hot Springs National Park. The pool is fed by the cool waters of the Ouachita River and extends about 30 miles over 40,000 surface acres.


This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (501) 767-2101.

Nearby Attractions

Part of the scenic 223-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail runs just north of the lake. Here, hikers and mountain bikers can explore an array of breathtaking views in the Ouachita Mountains.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group


For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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43 Reviews

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2023


COE campgrounds are among our nations best! Water and electric at site. Only negative was our bathroom was still closed for the season.

Month of VisitApril
KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2023

Clean and quiet campground

Great campground, especially for the price. Water and electricity at all sites, dump station on site. We stayed on loop A, all sites here were just redone. Not sure about that other loops. The best sites on loop A are 15-17. All are at the end of the peninsula and are right on the edge of the lake, and are large and level.

Month of VisitApril
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2022

Crystal Springs campground

Beautiful views and a great playground for young children. The bathrooms were very good. I just wish they had full hook ups. 

Month of VisitDecember
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COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground is located in Arkansas

Detail location of campground


From Hot Springs, Arkansas, take US 270 west about 15.4 miles to North Crystal Springs Road. Turn right and follow access road three miles north to the park.


1330 N. Crystal springs Rd.
Royal, AR 71968


34.542507 N
93.354369 W

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