Lake Dardanelle State Park


Lake Dardanelle is a 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. It is actually more like two parks, with the visitor’s center (one of the nicest I’ve seen) being located in Russellville, AR and another site in Dardanelle. Both offer camping, hiking and picnic facilities. The lake was constructed as part of the McClellan – Kerr Waterway Construction Project which helped make the Arkansas River accessible to commercial ships. The dam was constructed in 1964 and Lake Dardanelle Reservoir was created in 1971. The combination of the lake and the river make this a great fishing spot and a popular area for anglers. It is best to contact Jimmy John Shark for fishing advice.


The main park in Russellville can be reached via exit 81 off I-40. Turn west on Ark. 326 and go five miles.

Google Map (center of park, use signs)


The park offers a total of 16 Class AAA, 14 Class AA and 44 Class B campsites. Showers and restrooms are available at either location. The Dardanelle side only offers class B sites. Prices range from $17-27.


There are 2 pavilions and picnic facilities available at Lake Dardanelle. Pavilion rentals are $60. You can rent kayaks and Folding electric bikes too.

The visitor’s center is very nice with state-of-the-art exhibits and a giant fish tank. If you plan to camp or be in the area, you should definitely check it out.

Many national bass fishing tournaments are held here.


100 State Park Drive
Russellville, AR 72802

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