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

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 spearfishing 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.

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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.