This Corps of Engineers campground provides the necessities for fishermen. Reservable and walk up sites with picnic tables, electric and water hookups. Some with shelters. Showers and restrooms are well maintained. The office is closed two days a week but you can pay the attendant at their site. Access to the Norfork River means you can be fishing early before they start generating for the day (check the generation schedule at SWPA.com). When you’re not fishing on the river you can take a tour of the fish hatchery across the road or ride up to the lake for a swim. Dry Run Creek, which runs by the hatchery to the river, is only fishable by kids 16 and younger or those with mobility impairments, but it’s still a beautiful place for a walk or picnic even if you don’t get a shot at one of the thousands of trout.
The COE Brady Mountain Campground was beautiful, but plan on arriving during daylight hours or you might think you have lost the way. After recent rains the lake level was high and several low water crossings on the road into park looked intimidating at night. Daylight revealed that we were in a newly opened spot with gravel pad, fire ring, picnic table, lantern hanger and electric hook up. Water was available nearby as was a serviceable shower house. The new sites are near the boat ramp and swim beach. There are older sites on several other loops with similar service. Tent sights on top of the hill offer fantastic views of Lake Ouachita.