Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The 625-acre Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area has 30 miles of shore line and offers the following recreational opportunities: camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Sitting atop Crowley’s Ridge, the recreation area offers three campgrounds, two picnic areas, a mile-long nature trail, a swim beach and a handicap-accessible fishing pier which all provide visitors a variety of recreational experiences. Bear Creek Nature Trail provides a one-mile loop winding through a forested area. There are excellent scenic views of the lake shoreline, including Beech Point, and interpretive posts that highlight ecology in action. Trophy Largemouth Bass, Red-eyed Bream and Channel Catfish are just a few of the many species of fish that you’ll find in the lakes and streams in the area.

At a Glance

Fees None for Day Use
Open Season: Camping open April-Labor Day. Day-use areas open year-round.
Restrictions: Maximum boat motor size 10 hp.
Closest Towns: Marianna
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mississippi River State Park

General Information


From Marianna take Arkansas 44 southeast for seven miles.

General Notes:

The Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area is managed by the Mississippi River State Park. Please call the Mississippi River State Park - Marianna Office for any questions at 870-295-4040.

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