Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The 625-acre Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area has 30 miles of shore line and offers the following recreational opportunities: camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Sitting atop Crowley’s Ridge, the recreation area offers three campgrounds, two picnic areas, a mile-long nature trail, a swim beach and a handicap-accessible fishing pier which all provide visitors a variety of recreational experiences. Bear Creek Nature Trail provides a one-mile loop winding through a forested area. There are excellent scenic views of the lake shoreline, including Beech Point, and interpretive posts that highlight ecology in action. Trophy Largemouth Bass, Red-eyed Bream and Channel Catfish are just a few of the many species of fish that you’ll find in the lakes and streams in the area.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Bass, Panfish; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; ADA Accessible fishing access with fishing pier and boat launch

The Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area is managed by the Mississippi River State Park. Please call the Mississippi River State Park - Marianna Office for any questions at 870-295-4040.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Bear Creek Recreation area is located in Eastern Arkansas on the St. Francis National Forest. Effective 4/16/18, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission will close the boat rampĀ for repairs and renovations for approximately 6 weeks.
Reservations: The Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area is managed by the Mississippi River State Park. Please call the Mississippi River State Park - Marianna Office for any questions at 870-295-4040.
Fees None for Day Use
Open Season: Camping open April-Labor Day. Day-use areas open year-round.
Restrictions: Maximum boat motor size 10 hp.
Closest Towns: Marianna
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mississippi River State Park

General Information

Accessibility:

Accessible fishing access


Directions:

From Marianna take Arkansas 44 southeast for seven miles.


General Notes:

The Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area is managed by the Mississippi River State Park. Please call the Mississippi River State Park - Marianna Office for any questions at 870-295-4040.
 


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Picnicking

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