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Lake Fort Smith State Park

15458 Sheperd Springs Road

Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park is on the western side of 1,400-acre Lake Fort Smith. Here you can enjoy outdoor adventures including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and nature study. For backpackers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail.


snoww walters

Friday, June 15, 2018
Great time here! Family rented out the pool area and we had so much fun. The life guard on duty we super sweet. Then a park ranger showed up when we were about to leave and helped us pack up. All 'n all a wonderful time!

Crystal Turcott

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Tucked up in the beautiful mountains, with a man-made lake. Getting to see wildlife right out your door of a beautiful cabin is an experience that the whole family can enjoy. The marina has boats, cannos, and kayaks for you to rent to take out on the lake. So many things are going on, hikes you can enjoy. There is history in the visitor's center, even turtles, snakes and a spider for you to see. You also have a chance to dress up and feel like your back in the pioneer time.

Chris Bloomfield

Monday, April 30, 2018
Steep tow in and out. Nice modern sites. Hiking trail was nice. Play ground is really far from the camp. Visitor center was nice. They have a Junior Naturalist program, but you pretty much have to visit two or more Arkansas State parks to complete it. Showers were descent camp showered. No laundry on site.

Kevin Elsken

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
We had a family reunion at the park. Several of us stayed in the cabins, which were excellent in every way. They were very clean and well equipped with fridge, coffee maker, microwave, pots, pans, utensils, plates, knives, etc. All you need is food. Cable TV in the rooms with a bunch of channels. Comfortable covered deck with ceiling fan is a great place to enjoy breakfast. Also a picnic table and grill. Toiletries and towels included, and a daily laundry service is included if you need it (leave soiled towels on porch in provided bag, they are returned clean at 4 pm.) The park itself has a marina with a number of types of boats for rent, or you can launch your own (gas motors allowed, but no swimming). We took an evening cruise sponsored by the park, it as very pleasant and informative. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass and bluegill,they even said there was some walleye. That being said, a number of people fished with no luck. There is a large pavilion at the marina available for rent. It has about 8 picnic tables, electricity, water, ceiling fans, several small grills and a large fireplace/grill in the center. Our family spent a very enjoyable Father's Day eating breakfast, fishing, cooking burgers and then enjoying a sildeshow of family pictures. The staff at the park was friendly, they kept trash cans emptied and park looked very clean. Park also felt very safe. As others have mentioned, poor cell service. But hey, put the phone down and enjoy nature!

Tom Prewitt

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Seems like a great facility. The signage leaves room for errors but the complex offers so much. The lake was pretty nasty the two times I was there and never saw anyone fishing or taking advantage of what it has to offer. When I asked locals about fishing there, they didn't even know what kind of fish were there. I understand only electric motors are allowed.

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