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The Ouachita National Forest is the oldest and largest National Forest (NF) in the South. It comprises 1.76 million acres in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. The Forest contains 4,000 miles of streams and 1,600 acres of lakes and ponds (not counting the adjacent Lake Ouachita and Broken Bow Reservoir, both Army Corps of Engineer facilities and only includes National Forest portions of lakes in multiple ownerships). The Forest's fisheries program is one of State and Federal coordination, fisheries protection and fish habitat improvement. The Forest has been co-sponsoring Kid's Fishing Derbies for many years.

The lake acreages include: 400 acres of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Lake Hinkle, Watershed District flood control lakes on the Forest (approximately 11) and FS recreation/fishing lakes and ponds totaling approximately 700 acres. The remaining acreage is in one acre or smaller wildlife ponds and the ponds and reservoirs on the Red Slough waterfowl area in SW Oklahoma.

Fishing opportunities abound within the Forest and on adjacent Corps of Engineer's reservoirs. While we can't guarantee you'll catch fish, we can tell you they are out there. Good Luck!

Download or read this publication for fishing opportunities in the Ouachita National Forest.

Link to fishing locations on the Ouachita National Forest

Fishing and Hunting 

Hunting and fishing are permitted in the Ouachita National Forest except in areas closed by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, or otherwise posted areas. All state hunting and fishing regulations, fees, and seasons apply on national forest land. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities