Summer in Arkansas brings a myriad of options to cool down in some of the most beautiful places in the south. Outdoors enthusiasts along with families vacationing or staycationing are sure to be pleased with the abundance of water parks, rivers, pools and lakes to splash in. And did you know snorkeling and scuba diving are also water sports available in Arkansas?
Arkansas has 600,000 acres of lakes! Scenic and serene, the nearby lakes where you’ll find most locals enjoying watersports or sunbathing on a pontoon are Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Ouachita, and Lake Hamilton.
Greers Ferry is nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks in north central Arkansas, close to the communities of Clinton, Fairfield Bay, Greers Ferry and Heber Springs. Deep, clear waters provide a fun opportunity for water sports and sailing, while excellent camping and hiking facilities are available to those not interested in jumping in.
Lake Ouachita is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, so you know you are getting stunning views. These pristine waters form the largest man-made lake within Arkansas’s borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, Lake Ouachita this place to go for water sports is located just a short drive from the spa city of Hot Springs.
Lake Hamilton is located in Hot Springs, one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations. The city is home to Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs National Park, Magic Springs/Crystal Falls theme and water parks and many other attractions in this town that was once home to infamous gangster, Al Capone. The Belle of Hot Springs offers sightseeing, lunch, dinner and dance cruises on the lake in this 400-passenger riverboat. Much of the lake is lined with condominiums, motels, private homes and restaurants, so you are sure to find a break from the sun on your day out on the water.
Rivers also can’t be missed here in the Natural State. The Buffalo River has endless amounts of things to do and explore. Zip lining, floating, camping — the outdoors enthusiast really must experience this perfect summer destination. The White River is known as the “Fisherman’s Paradise” being home to a varieties of catfish, bass, walleye and sunfish. One part of the river is internationally known to contain some of the best trout fishing, so be sure to make the White River another bucket list item.
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