Shores Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Shores Lake Recreation Area offers an 82-acre lake with a fully accessible bathroom facility with ramps for the physically challenged. The fishing piers were designed with wheelchair use in mind. Underwater structures were built to attract fish to the fishing piers. The lake is stocked with bass, catfish, and bluegills. Other accessible features include the boathouse, a ramp on the swimming beach, and a pavilion. Construction of the dam at Shores Lake began in the 1930s by men in a nearby Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The dam was completed in 1958. A cooperative effort between the USDA Forest Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission helped complete the structure. Shores Lake Loop Trail is a showcase of upland hardwoods and shortleaf pine groves. The trail treats hikers to views of waterfalls and wildlife. 19 single campsites. 4 multiple unit campsites. 28 family picnicking units. Pavilion for group picnicking. Camping trailers allowed, no hook-ups.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Effective June 26, 2014, the East Loop of Shores Lake Trail is closed due to timber harvesting activities along the trail and will be closed for approximately 30 days. Shores Lake will be in a drawn down status throughout the summer of 2014, but the campground is open. The day-use bathhouse will remain closed during the lake drawdown.
Fees Pavillion - $35/day year round. Campground (w/o electric) - $8/site/day April-Nov. Campground (w/electric) - $12/site/day April-Nov. Campground (double w/electric) - $18/site/day April-Nov. Campground (w/o electric or water) - The water is shut off for the winter season. Therefore, no flush toilets or showers available. The campground and day-use areas both have vault toilets. The fees are reduced seasonally as follows: $6/site/day Dec-Mar. Campground (w/electric, w/o water) - $10/site/day Dec-Mar. Campground (double w/electric, w/o water) - $15/site/day Dec-Mar. Day Use - $3/vehicle/day year round.
Restrictions: Maximum boat motor size is 10hp,
Closest Towns: Mulberry
Water: Drinking
Restroom: vault with hot showers
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


The road accessing Shores Lake from Turner's Bend has been closed due to safety issues with one of the bridges along the route. While the bridge is out of commission, visitors to Shores Lake Campground can access the recreation area from the west along Hwy 215.


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19 single campsites. 4 multiple unit campsites. Restrooms with hot showers. 28 family picknicking units. Pavilion for group picnicking. Drinking water. Boat launching ramp. Maximum boat motor size is 10 hp. Camping trailers allowed, no hook-ups.

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Fire InformationCampfires are allowed (unless in the event of a burn ban), no firewood should be brought in or taken from any of the sites.
No. of Sites19

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