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Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita

About

US Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Ouachita

Overview

Tompkins Bend Day-Use Area on Lake Ouachita, is a great spot to getaway for the day. The combination of lush mountain scenery and wildlife, make this quiet location an ideal place for a family gathering, reunion, or group retreat.____ Click here for the Lake Ouachita Virtual Tour.

Recreation

Water skiers, jet skiers and anglers can all enjoy the crystal clear waters of the lake, while hikers enjoy the campground's location on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), which meanders across the south end of the lake.______ Wildlife enthusiasts can find everything from bobcats to black bears and deer in the forested mountains surrounding the lake, and Bald eagles are often spotted in winter.

Facilities

The Day-Use Pavilion has electrical hook-ups, picnic tables, and lighting. Other amenities include a bathroom facility, a playground, and a grassy wooded scenic view.

Natural Features

Lake Ouachita is fed from the cool waters of the Ouachita River in central Arkansas. Surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and National Forest, it's crystal waters span over 40,000 acres and extend for 30 miles, making it the largest lake completely in the state of Arkansas.

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

Nearby Attractions

Head to Hot Springs National Park and discover how it earned the nickname, "The American Spa." Or take a scenic drive through the 1.8 million-acres of Ouachita National Forest. Here, off-roading enthusiasts can take on the Wolf Pen Gap Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System.

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Location

Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita is located in Arkansas

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Hot Springs, Arkansas, take US 270 west approximately 24.5 miles to Tompkin Bend Road. Turn right and follow access road 2.4 miles north to park.__ From Mount Ida, Arkansas, take US 270 east about 10.7 miles to Tompkins Bend Road. Turn left and follow access road 2.4 miles north to the park.

Address

15 Tompkins Bend
Mt. ida, AR 71957

Coordinates

34.568048 N
93.470581 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Available
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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Andrea J.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2023

Beautiful spots on the water

I rented 3 spots 6 months in advance (the max) for our annual friends gathering during Memorial Day weekend. This was our first time in the campground (the previous year was Denby Point) and it was gorgeous. I tell everyone that Lake Ouachita is one of the cleanest and most beautiful lakes in the US. Our sites were on the water except for 77. One family brought their boat and parked docked it right next to the site which made it super convenient. There is not sewer at these COE sites so we were prepared with a portable black tank but didn’t end up needed it. There are mountain biking and hiking trails nearby that some took advantage of. My only negative was that there were power surges and low power during random times during our stay. We turned off unnecessary pulls on power and made it just fine. One time my daughter was baking in the convection microwave while the AC was going (so no surprise there) the other times were in the middle of night when the only pull was the AC. Being Memorial Day weekend the campground was completely full and they do allow 2 campers per site so I just chalk it all up to the campground system being overloaded. We will most certainly camp here again and I’ve already put the reminder on my calendar to book 6 months out for next year. People make fun of me for being so obsessive with my camping plans but they don’t complain when they have a front row seat on Memorial Day. ♥️💙

Site77, 76, 74
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Andrea J., June 4, 2023
  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Andrea J., June 4, 2023
  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Andrea J., June 4, 2023
Russell The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2021

Best Tent site in Tompkins Bend #23

What a great site, the campground was FULL but we felt like we were isolated with a great view of the lake. Awesome site

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Russell , June 21, 2021
  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Russell , June 21, 2021
S
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2021

Great spot

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.

Site44
Month of VisitApril
Rob W.
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2018

Fantastic RV site

Beautiful setting on the lake. Our favoryspot. Water, electric, bath & restrooms available. Boat launch with the park. Hiking trails. Deer.

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  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Rob W., August 21, 2018
  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Rob W., August 21, 2018
  • Review photo of Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita by Rob W., August 21, 2018
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Reviewed Jun. 25, 2018

Awesome family spot!!!!

We love camping here with our kids and dogs!!! Nice quiet campground that is close to the water!!!

Month of VisitJuly

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita has water hookups.

Are fires allowed at Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Tompkins Bend - Lake Ouachita?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is unknown.

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