White Oak Lake State Park
Situated among the wooded rolling hills of south western Arkansas is 725-acre White Oak Lake State Park, which provides a perfect haven for both fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers. The park represents the rich natural diversity of wild flora and fauna present on Arkansas' western Gulf Coastal Plain. The park's picturesque setting for camping and its 6 picnic sites combine with the lake's fishing thrills to make this a peaceful location for a day's outing or a two-week vacation for the entire family. Whether you hike the trails under the forest canopy enjoying the sights and sounds of the natural world, or settle down by the shore with a fishing line to relax and wait for one to bite, you will always remember the pleasant stay you had at White Oak Lake State Park.
The park provides camping, picnicking and fishing boats/licenses as well as T-shirts and souvenirs year-round. Fishing supplies and fuel are available during the spring/summer season. A free launch ramp, located near the boat dock, provides easy access to the lake for those with their own rigs. There is no horsepower limit for motors on the lake.
Camping - In tent or trailer, the 42 individual campsites winding around the lakeshore provide the best camping leisure. Nine sites are reservable (25-33). Though the Park bathhouse is closed December to February, one restroom remains open year-round. Water and electricity are provided at 38 sites with the remaining four being open to tent campers only. A trailer dump station is located near the bathhouse. Campers and picnickers can obtain firewood at the Visitor Center.
Group Pavilion - Located on a hill overlooking the lake is a large covered pavilion. Ideal for group get-togethers or family reunions, the pavilion may be reserved for a modest fee by calling or writing the park. Reservations must be made at the Visitor Center.
Other Facilities - The swimming area (no lifeguards) and a natural wood playground are located near the park store. Gasoline stations and small grocery stores are available just 2.5 miles away in Bluff City. Medical facilities, restaurants and complete shopping conveniences are located just 20 minutes away in Prescott or Camden.
NOTE: Campers must register at the Visitor Center before occupying a site. All sites are assigned; limited reservations available. Campers must have camping unit in the park before registering for a site.
Trails - Two nature trails (see map) wind their way through a wide variety of natural environments ranging from marshlands to beech-covered ridges. Beech, hickory and white oak trees may be observed along the trails as well as white-tailed deer, green herons and beaver. Self-guided brochures are available at the Visitor Center for the Spring Branch and Beech Ridge Trails. Both trails offer excellent birdwatching opportunities.
Programs - From Memorial Day to Labor Day, an interpreter provides programs for visitor enjoyment and education. Guided hikes, nature talks and demonstrations, plus nighttime presentations of slides and movies at the amphitheater are offered free of charge. Program schedules are posted at the Visitor Center and on park bulletin boards.
From I-30 at Prescott, travel 20 miles east on Arkansas Highway 24 to Bluff City, then take Arkansas Highway 299 for approximately 100 yards before turning onto Highway 387, then go 2.5 miles south to the park.
White Oak Lake State Park
Rt. 2, Box 28
Bluff City, AR 71722
Telephone: (501) 685-2748 or 685-2132
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