Shady Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Scenic 25-acre lake in remote mountain setting.The Civilian Conservation Corps developed the Shady Lake Recreation Area in 1937. The Shady Lake Trail traverses Saline Creek and passes the historic Shady Lake Dam. It continues along the eastern edge of the campground. The trail is ideal for day hiking. Mountain bikers may also use the trail.

Individual campsite temporary closings:

For your safety, the following campsites are closed while being evaluated for risk of flooding:

B12, B14, B18, B20,

B21, C1, C2, C3,

C4, D4, D6, D8, D10

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open!
Operational Hours: For campground schedule, see Recreation and Fee Schedule. The trail is open year round.
Reservations: All campsites and facilities at Shady Lake are first-come, first-served. No reservations.
Rentals & Guides: Click here for more information and a map.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Current recreation fees and schedule
  • Swim Area - $3
  • Loop A Campground - $10
    Loop A-7 with water and electricity - $15
  • Loop B - $15 (w/electric)
  • Loop C Campground (tent sites) - $10
    C-22 (site with full hook-ups)- $17
    Day use - $3/vehicle or $1/person for bus, walking or biking;
    Group Picnic Shelter - day use fee per car;
  • Loop D - $15 (w/water & electric)
    $21 double w/water & electric
    $10 tent site.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring-Fall
Busiest Season: Spring
Closest Towns: Athens, Arkansas.Mena, Arkansas.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Take Arkansas Hwy. 84 west of Glenwood, AR; turn northwest on Arkansas Hwy. 246 at Athens, AR; turn right (north) at sign, drive 3 miles on Forest Service Road 38.

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RV Camping

20 sites with water and electric hookups are available.

Reservation Info All sites are first-come, first-served.  No reservations
Size Restrictions Can accommodate RVs up to 32 feet.
No. of Sites 20 with electric and water.
Dump StationsYes

Campground Camping

Sleeping ShelterNone
No. of Sites65
Fees: day use and camping fees


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Camping trailer 20 non-reservable sites with electric and water
Toilets Flush
Accessible Two restrooms are accessible.
Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities Day use and camping fees.
Tent camping 44 sites
Drinking water Located at campground.

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