Greers Ferry Dam is on the Little Red River at the foot of Round Mountain. It was built between 1959 and 1962 by the Corps of Engineers. It forms Greers Ferry Lake, a 31,500-acre freshwater lake near Heber Springs, AR. The shoreline of the lake spans 276 miles. The dam was built for flood control, hydroelectric power generation and a drinking water reserve, but today it’s also one of the popular recreational waterways and the surrounding land plays hosts to wildlife refuges.
Greers Ferry is located near Heber Springs. From Little Rock, 15 miles north on US 67-167, 50 miles north on AR 5 (Google map).
Greers Ferry is known for the clear water which makes it perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. You can also boat, water ski, tube or do pretty much any other water sports on the lake. Greers Ferry has several great spots for swimming like the Dam Site Park which has great rock formations to jump from and Sandy Beach which has real sand. More places to swim.
Anglers and fishermen love Greer’s Ferry. The lake holds the state record for walleye and striped bass. You’ll also find channel catfish, largemouth and white bass, and crappie and rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. Greers Ferry is stocked from a fish hatchery located just below the dam. The hatchery is open for tours. There is a handicap accessible place on Collins Creek Trail for fishing. More places to fish.
Greers Ferry has three National Natural Trail. The Mossy Bluff and Buckeye Trail (just off Hwy.
25 on the west end of the Greers Ferry Dam, near the Visitor’s center) is a relatively easy 1.6 miles and overlooks the Little Red River. The Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail (on an island in Greers Ferry Lake. It is accessible by boat from Hwy. 337 at Sugarloaf Recreation Area on the south and Hwy. 330 at Fairfield Bay Park on the north) has two trails and is a great hike. The Terrace Trail is a moderately difficult 1.6-mile trail that circles the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The Mule Trail is a difficult half a mile trail that goes up to the mountaintop.
The trails are great for wildlife watchers and birders.
There are 136 campsites at Greers Ferry. More campsites.
The lake and dam were dedicated in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, his last public appearance before the fateful trip to Dallas.
Sandy Beach is the home to the World Championship Cardboard Boat Races every July.