Whether you enjoy cruising around on a jet ski or soaking up the sun on the shore, you won’t need to travel all the way to the coast to experience the endless benefits of spending time on the water this summer.
With an abundance of rivers, lakes and natural springs positioned throughout the state, Arkansas is a water-lover’s paradise providing the perfect backdrop for exhilarating water sports, relaxing floats and breathtaking scenic views. Traveling to centrally located Arkansas is a breeze, only a few hours from a number of states in the central and southern portions of the United States.
No matter if you’re planning a family vacation, couple’s getaway or solo adventure, there is something for everyone in Arkansas. To kick start your next trip to The Natural State, check out some of these world-class water destinations:
Lake Ouachita — Located near Hot Springs, Lake Ouachita is the largest lake in the state at over 40,000 acres, providing visitors with excellent fishing, sailing, canoeing and breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains. Considered a paradise for scuba divers, one area of the lake features one of the largest crystal veins in the world. This pristinely clear water provides the perfect environment to see rare, non-stinging jellyfish, sponges, striped bass and countless species of freshwater fish.
Bull Shoals Lake — Resting along the Arkansas-Missouri border, Bull Shoals Lake is a world-renowned destination for bass fishing. In fact, Bassmaster magazine selected it as one of the country's Top 100 Bass Lakes. With nearly 1,000 miles of rugged shoreline, low boating traffic and wide channels, it’s also perfect for water-sport enthusiasts who enjoy wakeboarding, skiing and tubing. Lodging options for visitors include numerous resorts, cabins and campgrounds.
Buffalo National River — Designated as America’s first national river in 1972, the Buffalo National River has some of the most stunning natural scenery you’ll find in the state including towering bluffs, numerous waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Located in northern Arkansas, the river is over 150 miles long, making it an especially popular attraction for canoeing and kayaking.
Greers Ferry Lake — Nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks in north-central Arkansas and known for its pristine shoreline and deep, translucent waters, Greers Ferry Lake is a natural paradise for visitors and locals alike. The lake is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, trees and lofty cliffs affording visitors stunning views. Adjacent to the lake are the communities of Clinton, Fairfield Bay, Greers Ferry and Heber Springs that offer opportunities for other recreational activities, fine dining and shopping.
DeGray Lake — This highly popular tourist destination, located in west-central Arkansas, is famous among visitors for fishing, camping, swimming and waterskiing. Situated among the Ouachita Mountains and formed by a dam across the Caddo River, the lake offers a number of lodging options including more than 700 campsites and the state’s only resort state park, featuring a large guest lodge, an 18-hole championship golf course, a heated pool and a marina.
To learn more about the adventures that await you in The Natural State, check out Arkansas.com.