Sometimes on a summer day there’s nothing better than sitting on a beach with a cooler, good friends, and good music! Arkansas has some of the best places across the state (we’ve mentioned in previous articles the beautiful spots at Lakes Hamilton and Catherine, Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake, Greers Ferry, Bull Shoals, Norfork Lake, and along both the Buffalo and White River) to relax on the sand. Pack your favorite swimsuit or trunks and take a trip across the Natural State while the weather’s hot & enjoy a day on these beaches in Arkansas!
20. Lake Ponder: Located in Crowley's Ridge State Park in Paragould, Lake Ponder offers trails and a relaxing beach by the swimming lake.
Boat, kayak, and pedal boat rentals are available at Lake Ponder.
19. Lake Leatherwood: This spring fed lake is defined by one of the largest hand-cut limestone dams in the nation.
This 85-acre lake with over three miles of shoreline is the center attraction for Lake Leatherwood Park, a 1,600-plus-acre municipal park constructed during the 1940s.
18. Table Rock Lake: Designed, built and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Table Rock Lake and Dam has become a paradise for boaters, scuba divers, and swimmers alike.
Enjoy a holiday on the beach at one of 13 campgrounds adjacent to Table Rock Lake.
17. Charlton Recreational Area: Swim or have a picnic along picturesque Walnut Creek, a cold, spring-fed mountain stream in the heart of the Ouachita National Forest.
This historic recreation area features a captivating native stone dam that forms the swimming area and rustic bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps federal work program in 1935.
16. Shady Lake: This 25-acre recreational impoundment in the Ouachita National Forest is served by an accompanying U.S. Forest Service recreation area.
The recreation area includes more than 90 campsites and a popular swimming beach.
15. Shores Lake: The beach at this 82-acre lake is in the Ozark mountain vacation setting of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest.
While boats are allowed, the maximum boat motor size is 10 horsepower.
14. Blue Mountain Lake: Located in the shadow of Mount Magazine, Blue Mountain Lake has offered many recreational opportunities since its completion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1947.
Water sports such as water skiing, swimming and boating are popular here.
13. Spring Lake: This beach on the edge of the Ozark Mountain Forest is a favorite area for water sports, swimming, and fishing.
This 82-acre lake is in the Magazine Ranger District of the Arkansas River Valley.
12. Cove Lake: The 160-acre scenic Cove Lake features swimming, hiking, camping, and fishing. Boating and jet skis are allowed in certain areas as well.
Located near Paris, Arkansas, this mountain lake is located in the shadow of Mount Magazine along Scenic Arkansas Highway 309.
11. Lake Austell: Enjoy the sun and beach at one of two fishing lakes in Village Creek State Park.
Lake Austell is located at Village Creek State Park in Wynne, Arkansas.
10. Bear Creek Lake: This 625-acre lake was constructed atop Crowley's Ridge in 1938. It's situated on the north end of the St. Francis National Forest and features a popular swimming beach along with great fishing spots.
In addition to the beach, the park has an easily accessible boat ramp as well.
9. Storm Creek Lake: This 425-acre lake was constructed atop Crowley's Ridge and lies within the south end of the St. Francis National Forest, and also features another popular beach for locals to visit.
Swimming, camping, and hiking are available at the lake, as are 14 campsites open only from April through Labor Day weekend.
8. Beaverfork Lake: Conway's largest city park is located on the west end of this lake on Arkansas Highway 25.
The lake features a popular family beach and a boat launch ramp (with a user’s fee).
7. Lake Sylvia: This old-style beach in Perryville is a great time for kids and adults alike!
This 18-acre lake is just off of Arkansas Highway 324 in Perryville.
6. Jacksonport State Park: The beach at this historic location also includes boat ramp access to the White River.
Jacksonport State Park offers a wildflower conservation area for visitation and the Tunstall Riverwalk Trail for hikers.
5. Long Pool: Long Pool Recreation Area lies along beautiful Big Piney Creek and offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities, including relaxing on the beach and swimming.
A large natural pool, steep rock bluffs, and captivating forests are just a few examples of the natural beauty surrounding this recreation area.
4. Knopper's Ford: Situated along Sugar Creek in the Ouachita National Forest, Knopper's Ford offers a semi-primitive experience for campers seeking time in the sun.
The closest town to Knopper's Ford is Boonville, Arkansas.
3. Lake Greeson: This 12-mile-long lake features clear waters and steep, rocky ridges that form numerous islands and long peninsulas that extend far into the water.
Camping and picnicking are also available at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' parks and at Daisy State Park located around the lake shore.
2. Lake Bennett: Located in Wooly Hollow State Park, this lake serves as a well-known recreation lake for swimming, boating, camping, and picnicking.
Canoes, pedal boats, fishing boats, and motor boats are available for rent at the state park.
1. Lake Charles: This 645-acre spring-fed lake offers an excellent beach to spend an afternoon in the sun before taking a dip to cool off.
In addition to great swimming opportunities, canoeists and boaters will have a great time on the water too!
Where else do you like to go in Arkansas to catch a few rays or take a cool dip in the water? There’s a lot of places across the Natural State to get your summertime glow going! Tell us about your favorites in the comments below!