The Magazine Ranger District is located in the Arkansas River Valley on the western edge of the Ozark National Forest. This area is known for its beautiful, natural scenery, sandstone bluffs, flowing steams, lakes and pristine landscapes. Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 82-acre Spring Lake is a favorite area for water sports such as swimming and fishing. Camping and picnicking are also popular pastimes. The beautiful hardwood forest surrounding the lake provides the backdrop for wildflowers that bloom year-round. 13 family campsite units. 19 family picnic units. Pavilions. Swimming Beach. Camping trailers are allowed, but no special facilities are available. All campsites have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring, and lantern pole. Areas of interest include Cove Lake, Mt. Magazine State Park, Mt. Nebo State Park, Sorghum Hollow Horse Camp, Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway, Huckleberry Horse Trail, and Petit Jean River. Medical services and camping supplies are available sixteen miles away in Dardanelle.
At a Glance
Spring Lake is currently closed for the season, but is scheduled to open Friday, May 27, 2016
All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations.
No electric or water hookups available. Campground - $9/site/day May 23-Labor Day. Day Use - $5/vehicle/day May 23-Labor Day. Pavilion - $35/day or $17.50/half day May 23-Labor Day.
Boating- "no wake" restrictions at all times.
Flush central restrooms
Directions: Take Arkansas 27 (paved) southwest from Dardanelle for 9 miles, then right (west) on Arkansas 307 (paved) 3 miles to Forest Service Road 1602 (gravel) continuing 4 miles to Spring Lake, OR take Arkansas 307 (paved) north from Belleville for 4 miles to Forest Service Road 1602 (gravel), continue on 1602 for 3 miles. Negotiable by camping trailer rigs.
13 family campsite units. 19 family picnic units. Central restrooms. Drinking water. Pavilions. Swimming beach. Bathhouse with showers. Boating – “No wake” restriction at all times. Camping trailers are allowed, but no special facilities with hook-ups are available. Free use boat ramp on west side of lake. All campsites have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring, and lantern pole.
Campfires 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 Sites
Lake and Pond Fishing
82 acre lake. Large Mouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish.
19 Picnic Sites
82-acre Spring Lake is a favorite area for water sports such as swimming and fishing. Swimming beach available.
Boating - Non-Motorized
raft, kayak, canoe
Type of Craft
raft, kayak, canoe
Boating - Motorized
Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 82-acre Spring Lake is a favorite area for water sports. Free use boat ramp on west side of lake. “No wake” restriction at all times.