Arkansans can’t help but feel proud of the many, many scenic spots in our Natural State, and the lakes in Arkansas are no exception to the pride. Check out these more popular lakes among Arkansas travelers, visitors, and natives.
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1. Lake Ponder - This peaceful spot is found in Crowley's Ridge State Park.
Located on the former homesite of pioneer Benjamin Crowley, Lake Ponder is in Greene County, Arkansas.
2. Lake Atalanta - This lake is located in Rogers, Arkansas.
built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration. The lake is named for Atalanta Gregory, the wife of O.L. Gregory, who donated most of the land that now forms the lake.
3. Lake Conway: The largest reservoir made by a game and fish commission in the United States. It is located just a few miles southeast of Conway, Arkansas.
There are unfounded rumors that a Lake Conway Monster exists and lurks around the small islands on the lake. While no photographs are known to exist of the Lake Conway Monster, reports of large creatures in the lake and strange goings-ons are allegedly still claimed to this day.
4. Lake Wedington: This US Historic District in Washington County, Arkansas is located within the Lake Wedington Recreation Area.
Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938, the area also contains six modernized cabins for overnight visitors.
5. Lake Fayetteville: This lake was created by Lake Fayetteville Dam in 1949.
Popular for sportsmen, the lake's features include a boat dock & accessible fishing piers.
6. Cane Creek Lake: This lake sits on the border of the flat Delta lands of eastern Arkansas and the rolling woodlands of the West Gulf Coastal Plain, found in south central and southwestern Arkansas.
Guided kayaking tours are available on the lake.
7. Bull Shoals Lake: A reservoir in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas, this lake is perfect for boating, water sports, swimming, and fishing.
Bull Shoals Dam was created to impound the White River by one of the largest concrete dams in the United States and the 5th largest dam in the world at its inception.
8. Norfork Lake: Most of the lake lies within Baxter County, Arkansas, with its Northernmost portion in Ozark County, Missouri.
Bass, crappie, walleye, catfish, and bream are all found on the lake with almost all other varieties of fresh water game fish.
9. Lake Maumelle: A a man-made lake in Pulaski County, Arkansas, Lake Maumelle is one of the primary drinking water sources for Little Rock.
The lake was created in the late 1950s, with construction beginning in 1956 to dam the Big Maumelle River, and water flowing into the system in 1958.
10. Lake Ouachita: This reservoir near Hot Springs, Arkansas was created by the damming of the Ouachita River by Blakely Mountain Dam.
Lake Ouachita is the largest lake completely in Arkansas, as the larger Bull Shoals Lake extends into Missouri.
11. Lake Jack Lee: A part of the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in south Arkansas, this lake is located on the confluence of the Saline and Ouachita Rivers.
In addition to the wetland lowlands of the refuge, there are also areas of pine and upland hardwood forests. The refuge is home to migratory and resident waterfowl as well as marsh and water birds.
12. Lake Hamilton: This popular Arkansas summer destination is located on the Ouachita River, close to the nearby towns of Hot Springs and Lake Hamilton, Arkansas.
The lake was created in 1932, mainly to generate hydroelectricity, but now it also serves as a recreational getaway.
13. Lake Dardanelle: The growing town of Russelville, Arkansas lies on Lake Dardanelle, another popular spot that provides numerous recreational activities.
Petit Jean Mountain is close to the area and provides scenic views for visitors along the lake. The Ozark and Ouachita Mountains also offer great scenery as well.
14. Lake Catherine: This smaller yet popular spot is situated near Hot Springs. Lake Catherine State Park is located on the lake's shore.
Lake Catherine was created in the 1920s with the building of Remmel Dam.
15. Millwood Lake: Located less than 10 miles from Ashdown in southwest Arkansas, this lake was formed from the damming of the point where the Little River and the Saline River meet.
Millwood has also been known as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the United States. Every year it is home of many bass fishing tournaments and fishing derbies, all in search of Millwood's lunker largemouth bass.
16. Beaver Lake: A man-made reservoir in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas, this lake is formed by a dam across the White River.
Beaver Lake is the source of drinking water in Northwest Arkansas, which is managed, treated and sold by Beaver Water District.
17. DeGray Lake: Approximately 8 miles outside of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, this reservoir on the Caddo River offers a huge span of recreational activities and spectacular views.
Arkansas Scenic Byway 7 is located on the eastern shore of the lake, and provides views of the lake, and also lodging down the road.
18. Lake Chicot: Located near Lake Village, Arkansas, Lake Chicot is the largest oxbow lake in North America and the largest natural lake in Arkansas, formed 600 years ago by the meandering of the Mississippi River.
Lake trivia: Charles Lindbergh made his first ever nighttime flight over Lake Chicot and Lake Village in April 1923.
19. Horseshoe Lake: An oxbow lake at the eastern tip of the town of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, the lake is just 30 minutes by car from downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
Changes in the course of the Mississippi River resulted in the shape of Horseshoe Lake. The lake itself is a former meander in the Mississippi River that was cut off, shortening the river, and is no longer connected to the river.
20. Greers Ferry Lake: The reservoir formed by Greers Ferry Dam is also often ranked as one of the top ten clearest, cleanest, and most pristine lakes in all of North America.
Since the formation of Greers Ferry Lake in the early 1960s, tourism has thrived around the lake in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
This list names the best-known and most-loved lakes in the Natural State, but there are many more great spots and hidden gems in Arkansas to visit.