Degray Lake Resort State Park
Nine hundred and thirty-eight-acre DeGray Lake Resort State Park is nestled among the tall pines of the Ouachita Mountains on the shore of 13,800-acre DeGray Lake, one of Arkansas' finest water sports areas. Come along and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. The choice is yours: camping, fishing, swimming, tennis, golf, waterskiing, hiking, and biking.
Lodging 1-800-737-8355 - A causeway takes you from the mainland, onto the island where our 96-room Lodge and Convention Center (open year-round) overlook the lake. Two double beds, a color TV, and telephone are located in most rooms (barrier-free rooms are also available). Enjoy a view of the lake while dining in the Lodge's spacious restaurant or relaxing in the lobby by the fireplace. After hiking the Island Nature Trail, take a cool dip in the lakeside guest pool. A children's playground and courtesy dock for boats are located on the island.
NOTE: Lodge reservations can be made by contacting the Lodge. Our Convention facilities have a 500-seat capacity. Be sure and contact our Sales Manager for information.
Camping (501) 865-2801 - Shaded by beautiful trees, the park's camping areas offer 113 class "A" sites (tables, grills, water, and electricity). Two trailer sanitary stations are available. Area "C" is open year-round. Limited reservations available in Area "A." Campers must register at the Visitor Center before occupying a site. All sites are assigned.
Marina (501) 865-2811 - A 132-slip, full-service marina (open year-round) supplies rental fishing boats and motors, party barges, sailboats, canoes, tube skis, jet skis, and water-skis, plus a fully-equipped houseboat. A free boat launching ramp provides easy access to the lake. Contact the marina for information on services and rentals.
Picnicking - Located on a narrow peninsula, Caddo Bend Day-Use Area offers a free boat launch ramp, restrooms, and picnic sites with tables and grills. A sandy swimming beach, playground, and group pavilion (rental) offer fun and relaxation for all ages. The pavilion must be reserved at the Visitor Center before being used (deposit required ).
Other Facilities - Shop in the park store for your camping, fishing, and picnicking needs. Play a game of tennis at the courts behind the store while doing your wash in the handy coin laundry. Complete shopping, hospitals, and other conveniences are minutes away in Arkadelphia.
Trails - Several walking trails wind through DeGray. The Island Trail (1 mile) follows the western shoreline of the Lodge Island. The Towering Pines Trail (1/2 mile) is located near the amphitheater. For the bird-watcher, the Green Heron Trail (3/4 mile) offers some of the best viewing opportunities in the park. The trail begins behind the Visitor Center. The Saginaw Historic Trail (1/4 mile) follows an old narrow-gauge railroad bed used by lumbermen around 1900. The trail begins near the dumpstation and is a shortcut to the lake. Chickadee Trail (1/2 mile) begins behind the Park Store, near the tennis courts.
Golf (501) 865-2807 - A 6,900-yard, 18-hole championship golf course with driving range, putting green, and modern Pro Shop offer relaxation at its finest. Cool breezes blowing from the lake set the stage for your favorite sport on foot or in a cart. Golfing equipment and apparel are for sale or rent at the Pro Shop.
Fishing - Although known primarily as a recreation lake, DeGray is a fishing paradise for beginners and professionals. You will find several species of bass including fighting hybrids, plus bream, slab crappie, and channel, blue and flathead cats, all in abundance. From bank fishing with cane poles to modern bass boats with technical equipment, DeGray's islands, coves, wooded pockets, and clean deep water make it ideal for year-round fishing.
Water and Land Sports - Tennis, swimming, scenic party barge tours, hiking, golf (including the Spring FourBall Tournament), and biking are a few of the activities available. During the summer months, children ages 7-14 can participate in the park's Junior Naturalist and Arkansas State Park Explorer Programs. Contact the park for information on these and other activities.
Programs - Park interpreters provide nature and recreational programs year-round. Nature activities include guided hikes and lake cruises, plus evening movies and slide shows at the park's outdoor amphitheater. Recreational activities include hayrides, square dances, and contests of all kinds. Groups may request special programs to meet specific interests but must schedule these in advance.
Special Events - Interpreters also hold special event programs throughout the year. Spring Wildflower Walks, the famous DeGray Steak-Outs, Fall Color Hayrides and Cruises, and the January Eagles Et Cetera offer a unique look at the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains.
Take Highway 7 north from l-30 (exit 78) just 6 miles; OR, take Highway 7 south from Hot Springs approximately 21 miles to the park entrance.
For Lodge reservations, contact:
Manager, DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge
Rt. 3, Box 490
Bismarck, AR 71929-8194
Telephone: (501) 865-2851 or 1-800-737-8355
For general information on park hours, fees and services, contact:
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Rt. 3, Box 490
Bismarck, AR 71929-8194
Telephone: (501) 865-2801
For information on Arkansas' other fine state parks, contact:
Arkansas State Parks
One Capitol Mall, 4A-900
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 682-1191
All park services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Arkansas State Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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