Everyone in Arkansas probably has memories of Lake Ouachita
. Swimming, boating, camping, hiking, biking and any other outdoor recreation you can think of can be done at Lake Ouachita. This 40,000-acre lake has more 200 islands, limited shore development and 975 miles of shoreline surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. It's the largest lake located entirely within Arkansas, It's also one of the cleanest lakes in the US, and is considered a "Diamond Lake." Underwater visibility in Lake Ouachita can range from 6 to 30 feet. There are 10 buoyed off designated swimming beaches around Lake Ouachita. They also have five playground areas. Lake Ouachita is located near Hot Springs (Google map
), about two hours from Little Rock.
Other great lakes to swim at in the Ouachita National forests are Shady Lake
and Lake Hinkle
. They are much smaller than Lake Ouachita (but further away from Little Rock).