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After a day of quartz mining at Jim Coleman we drove 30 minutes south to this campground on Lake Ouachita. This was our first time to this lake and it was beautiful and quiet. Our site 44 was right on the water in a cove with 2 other sites close by. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and bbq grill. It was easy to find a level spot for both our tents. Two bathroom/shower houses were close walking distance, were clean, and heated with hot water! There is also a large basin with hot water to wash dishes or fill jugs. It was really nice to have hot water! There is a cool trail accessible from the campground but sadly we didn’t have time to hike.
This was our 2nd time camping here. Huge sites and we were right up from the lake. Swimming AND fishing. The only reason I gave it a 4 star was because it needed mowing. LOL But it was quiet and NOT crowded at all, and we went in July when it should have been crowded. We definitely will come back!
We were here mid March on a rainy windy day. It felt too eerie visibility barely enough to see the next 10 ft probably. The windy road, fog, wind and rain made it feel like being in one of Stephen King's novel.
But, the next day the sun came out and all was well. The visitor center is rich with information about this area, do step in and take a tour. Also enjoyed all the desserts at the Lodge's restaurant, made it worth hiking all the trails. Lot of little creeks and scenic views everywhere.
Cell service (Verizon and ATT) was spotty in the trails but couple of bars in the campsite area. Free wifi at the Lodge lobby if you absolutely need to be connected.
From our stay in Mar 15 2021. Lots of activities here, we stayed at the De Roche Ridge campsite area, love the view of the lake no matter which site you stay and enjoyed beautiful sunsets from ours. Full hookups, level pads, clean and well maintained picnic benches, fire pits and grills.
Enjoyed brunch at the Lodge's restaurant, beautiful view of the lake here. They had cleaned all play areas and set up toys for young kids.
We enjoyed paddle boating, horse back riding and disc golf. Each trail had a information board where you can scan a QR code to know more about the trail, what made it unique and what to look out for while you are out there. This was new to us and kept us curious.
Some trails were soggy but it had been raining for a few days making it difficult to get past. Some signs indicating this could have helped us stay off the trails.
Nice clean campground. Employees all very nice and helpful. Spaces are somewhat tight, but are well maintained. The roads are narrow and create some tight turns depending on where your site is located. Also the turn in off the main road is fairly steep and you could see where several people have had their camper drag when pulling in. In the confirmation email they give you another way to come in so that you can maneuver the turn without dragging, so definitely pay attention to that if you have a longer rig. Playground was fun for the kids but needed some attention for sure. Maybe just some routine maintenance needed, but some issues there. We enjoyed our stay and would stay again if in the area.
This is our 2nd time to stay here. The 1st time we had a great site that backed up to the water, but those were all booked this time. We were lucky to get a site being Easter weekend. There is a great playground in the beach swimming area. There are 2 bathhouses that looked fairly clean, although we didn't use them. We had a W/E site, but there may be a few FHU sites. The lake itself is supposed to be a great fishing& scuba diving area. The drive to Hot Springs is only about 30 minutes.
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Great campground just a short distance into Arkansas from Oklahoma. This campground offers more quiet sites in the larger numbered loops and closer proximity sites with additional amenities.
The water here is perfect for fishing or kayaking but can rise quickly with rainy season(warnings are posted throughout different areas of camp indicating this). Near the waters edge you will find grouping of cypress tress which are interesting to explore when the water is down a bit like it was on my visit.
Each site is equipped with a concrete picnic table, lantern hook and fire ring, however in the main loop sites you also have a prep station and and grill at each site. Water spigots are available at the main loop sites only in addition to a restroom which is near the front entrance. Trash cans are available throughout camp and are picked up regularly.
Sites are perfect for camping in smaller units with a few that would accommodate larger RVs.
On my visit the water was a bit lower and it was not crowded at all. I noticed there had been improvements since my last stay here a couple of years ago. It is a very quiet campground overall and nice to enjoy a bit of nature without being directly beside a community with lots of amenities.
Really enjoyed this site and will be back yet again!!
- Bring everything you need so you do not have to leave camp. There is no firewood available on site.
- If you have an America The Beautiful Pass this campground is half off making it only$4 per night to stay.