Urban Marina Guide
Arkansas’ cities are blessed with first-class facilities for boaters
1. JOLLY ROGER’S MARINA
11800 Maumelle Harbour Rd., Roland
This marina has been a fixture on Lake Maumelle for more than three decades. There aren’t many folks more knowledgeable about how to fish the area than the people you’ll meet at Jolly Roger’s. The marina features a store filled with tackle and supplies for both fishermen and sailboat owners, boats for sale and rent, slip rentals and sailing lessons. Parking is ample, and the launch ramp and fuel pump are easily accessible.
2. ROCKWATER MARINA
1600 Rockwater Blvd., North Little Rock
Located in the heart of central Arkansas, Rockwater Marina offers an excellent array of services for boaters such as state-of-the-art fueling and pump-out stations, a wide variety of supplies, a large patio where folks can get their land-legs back and an excellent concierge service. Sailing into the Little Rock metro area? Rockwater can arrange for entertainment, shopping, dining reservations—just about anything you might need.
3. HOT SPRINGS MARINA
301 Lakeland Dr., Hot Springs
This Spa City marina has a full service department standing ready to fix whatever’s wrong with your boat—or you can check out their extensive inventory of brand new boats for sale. Just on the lake for a day or two? Daily boat rental packages will get you out on the water in no time. And be sure to take a look at their selection of boat accessories—it’s one of the best around.
4. ISLAND HARBOR MARINA
1700 Island Harbor Marina Rd., Pine Bluff
This marina on Lake Langhoffer is the only full service marina between Little Rock and Greenville, Mississippi, a fact that makes the fuel, food and supplies that much more important. While you’re there, pick up some fishing gear—the area boasts some of the best fishing in the state.
5. RIVERLIGHTS MARINA (COMING SOON)
300 S. 1st St., Van Buren
In November 2016, the Van Buren City Council agreed to a three-year lease with Riverlights Marina, starting a process that will restore vital services and docking capacity for part of the Arkansas River that has been without such amenities for some time. The site’s former occupant, Wildcat Marina, was forced to shut down in 2014 after it was destroyed by river flooding. The new marina is scheduled to begin a phased opening in 2017.