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This Swimming Spot Has The Clearest, Most Pristine Water In Arkansas

Whew, is it hot outside or what? If you’re like me, you’re always looking for places to cool off in this Arkansas heat. Why not try the cleanest lake in the Natural State?

Less than a half hour drive from the resort town of Hot Springs, Lake Ouachita is one of central Arkansas’s five diamond lakes. The diamond lakes are so called because of the clarity of their waters and their location near diamond and quartz rich land. Lake Ouachita is the biggest lake entirely in the state of Arkansas, and it’s also the cleanest. In fact, Lake Ouachita is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. This lake is so super clean that it’s home to a rare species of non-stinging jellyfish that can only thrive in the cleanest freshwater habitats. It’s so clear that scuba divers come from all over the world to explore beneath the waves and even to enjoy spear fishing season. There are more than 690 miles of shoreline at Lake Ouachita, so even away from designated swim beaches, there are plenty of places where you can swim.

For directions to this crystal-clear lake, click here.

For some amazing swim beaches in the Natural State, try this article.

If you’d prefer not to swim with fish, these water parks will meet your needs.

J.B. Weisenfels
J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.