Lake Wedington Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lake Wedington is a 102-acre lake located just 13 miles west of Fayetteville, AR on State Hwy 16. During the 1930s, local men employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began building the lake and recreation area and planting trees under the guidance of the Soil Conservation Service. In 1954 the land, facilities and management were passed to the USDA Forest Service. Through the hard work of the Friends of Lake Wedington volunteer group, several buildings have been restored and now the Lake Wedington Recreation Area is on the National Register of Historic Places. The area contains 6 historic cabins, a pavilion, volleyball courts, and horse-shoes (some avail only in summer). The area also offers a Lodge, Group Pavilion, Group Camp Area, Bathhouse, Flush Toilets, Boat Launch Ramp (max. 10 hp motors allowed), 18 Camp Sites (no utilities), 19 Picnic Sites, Swimming Area (Wheel-Chair Accessible), Fishing Pier (Wheel-Chair Accessible), Lakeshore Hiking Trail,  and the North Twin 7-mile Hiking/Mtn Biking Trail. Camping trailers are allowed.  No special facilities are  available.

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Current Conditions: Lake Wedington Rec Area is open for the season effective April 23, 2016.  Hours are: 10am-8pm (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) until October 1, then hours change to 10am-6pm.
Operational Hours: Call the district ranger office at 479-667-2191 from 8:00-4:30 (except on weekends and Federal holidays) for recreation area hours.
Reservations: or call 1-877-444-6777
Fees Call 1-877-444-6777 for fees and reservations. Lodge-day use Max. 200 $150/day + $2/person over 100 (March-November). Camp Sites - Max. 6/site, $10/night year round. Day Use (swim, picnic, other) - $5/vehicle/day (vans/buses over 10 passengers add $.50/person). Boat Launch - $5/vehicle/day. Group Picnic Pavillion max. 75 - $50/day + $2/person over 50 people (March- November). Cabins 1 & 7 (sleeps 3) - $70/night. Cabins 2 & 6 (sleeps 4) - $70/night. Cabins 4 & 5 (sleeps 5) - $80/night. Cabins are open seasonally.
Open Season: April 23, 2016
Restrictions: NO PETS Allowed in the Recreation Area (Except Qualified Service Animals). ATV's and Off Highway Vehicles are not allowed in the Wedington unit.
Closest Towns: Fayetteville
Water: Drinking
Restroom: Flush w/showers
Operated By: Forest Service

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Directions: From Fayetteville, AR take Arkansas 16 west for 13 miles. Negotiable by camping trailer or rigs.

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