Arkansas State Parks Marina Guide
By Mel Jones
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
GPS: N 34° 14’ 50”, W 93° 8’ 45”
2027 State Park Entrance Rd. | Bismarck
Marina: 501-865-5840 | degray.com
DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas’ only resort state park. Set in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and nestled along the north shore of 13,800-acre DeGray Lake, DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas’ only resort state park. It also offers a full-service marina complete with dock space, watercraft rentals, fuel station, and a bait and tackle shop. Drinks and snacks are also available. A wide variety of boat rentals are available, including flat-bottom boats with motors, deck boats, party barges, kayaks, pedal boats and canoes. Free launch ramp and parking is available for personal craft at the marina as well as two other locations within the state park: DeRoche Ridge camping area and Caddo Bend. Other services include fishing licenses, tow service, pump out and battery charge.
Lake Catherine State Park
GPS: 34.437945, -92.917989
1200 Catherine Park Road | Hot Springs
Main: 501-844-4176 | arkansasstateparks.com
Nestled among the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains is 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five Diamond Lakes in west central Arkansas. Lake Catherine State Park features many CCC/rustic-style facilities constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The park’s marina, open in summer only, sells bait and fuel. Rental boats, such as party barges, fishing boats, kayaks and canoes, are available throughout the year. Other services include launch ramp, battery charge and transient slip rental. Groceries, snacks and ice are available for sale daily at the visitor center that overlooks the swimming area and nature center (open during the summer only).
Lake Chicot State Park
GPS: 33.371939, -91.195783
2542 Hwy. 257 | Lake Village
Main: 870-265-5480 | arkansasstateparks.com
The Mississippi Delta’s captivating beauty and recreational opportunities come together at Arkansas’s largest natural lake, Lake Chicot. Fishing for crappie, bass, and bream is popular on the 20-mile-long oxbow lake, especially on the upper end of Lake Chicot during spring and fall. Fishing for catfish can be enjoyed throughout the year. The store/marina offers food, gifts, fuel and bait for sale. Here you’ll also find party barges, fishing boats and solo kayaks to rent, as well as fuel, bait and a launch ramp.
Lake Ouachita State Park
GPS: 34.61864, -93.177295
5451 Mountain Pine Rd. | Mountain Pine
Marina: 501-767-9367 | arkansasstateparks.com
Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is the largest manmade lake within Arkansas’ borders. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake’s 975 miles of shoreline. A wide variety of boat rentals are available, including flat-bottom boats with motors, deck boats, party barges, kayaks, pedal boats and canoes. Other services include fuel station, slip rentals, bait and supplies, battery charge and tow service.
Millwood Lake State Park
GPS: 33.677265, -93.987378
1564 Hwy. 32 East | Ashdown
Marina: 870-898-5334 | arkansasstateparks.com
Famous for bass tournaments, this 29,260-acre lake abounds in largemouth, catfish and crappie. Spring and fall offer anglers great crappie fishing, and catfish and bream fishing in summer. A marina offers gift items, groceries, bait, and gas for sale, and fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and hydro bikes for rent. Slip rentals are available throughout the year.