Fly-fishing, bait fishing, guided trips and more
GASTON’S WHITE RIVER RESORT
1777 River Rd., Lakeview
For more than half a century, Gaston’s has been one of the best places in Arkansas for excellent trout fishing. With more than 70 cottages, a newly-revamped restaurant and a recently expanded grass airstrip, anyone looking to snag a big trout is urged to walk, run, drive or fly in and experience the guides, comfortable accommodations, delicious shore lunch and all around friendly atmosphere at Gaston’s.
BUFFALO OUTDOOR CENTER
4699 AR Hwy. 43, Ponca
While primarily known as a destination for kayakers and canoe enthusiasts, the Buffalo River is also a fun and scenic river for fishing. At Buffalo Outdoor Center, adventure is the key word—and with lodgings that range from cozy cabins for two all the way up to the luxurious Riverwind Lodge, you’ll sleep in style at the end of the day. And don’t forget to take one of the resort’s signature zip line canopy tours!
MOUNTAIN HARBOR RESORT & SPA
994 Mountain Harbor Rd., Mt. Ida
Lake Ouachita is Arkansas’ largest lake—and the folks at Mountain Harbor can get you out on it just about any way you’d like. The full service marina has boat rentals available, and guests have a wide array of cottages, cabins, cabanas and condos to choose from. And if you’re in need of some pampering, a spa treatment or massage at Turtle Cove Spa might be just for you.
350 Rainbow Loop, Heber Springs
Rustic, yet comfortable, Lindsey’s Resort has been a go-to destination for trout fishermen for more than four decades. Book a guided bait or fly fishing trip, then have the Pot O’ Gold restaurant prepare your catch for you while you wait—or have your fish prepared riverside with the shore lunch. Since reopening in 2015, the resort has made many improvements, turning something that was already great into an unforgettable part of the Arkansas landscape.