Horsehead Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

Horsehead Lake offers several amenities to its visitors. Managed cooperatively by the US Forest Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, it provides a developed camping area, restroom facilities with showers, a playground, and picnic area, most of which are fully accessible. There is primitive camping and a boat launch across the lake from the developed campground, offered by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. There is a 'no wake' limitation on the lake so visitors are encouraged to operate smaller motors or trolling motors while enjoying their day of boating and fishing.

Campground and Day-Use Area Rules

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open for the season. No reservations. Sites available on a first-come/first-based only.  Swimming is allowed at Horsehead Lake, but be aware that you are swimming at your own risk. No lifeguard on duty nor are water samples tested. The recreation area closes seasonally.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Picnic tables
Fees: Campground - $15/site/day  Day Use - $3/vehicle/day year round. Current forest recreation schedule and fees
Open Season: Year-round
Closest Towns: Clarksville, Fort Smith, Russellville
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault. Bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets
Operated By: Pleasant Hill Ranger District (479)754-2864

General Information

Directions: From Clarksville take Arkansas 103 northwest for 8 miles, turn left (west) on Arkansas 164 and go 4 miles, turn right (north) on FS 1408 for 3 miles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

primitive and developed camping areas, bathroom facilities, a play-ground and picnic area, most of which are fully accessible. Campgrounds accommodate trailers up to 30 feet in length, but no special amenities are available. 10 family unit campsites. 12 family unit picnic areas.

No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info Easy
Fire Information Campfires are allowed (unless in the event of a burn ban), no firewood should be brought in or taken from any of the sites.

Lake and Pond Fishing

96 acre lake. Largemouth bass, Blue Gill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish

Viewing Wildlife

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8 picnic units

Boating - Motorized

Arkansas Game & Fish Commision primitive camping and boat launch are across the lake from the developed campground and day use area with signs directing visitors to the area. There is a 'no wake' limitation on the lake. Visitors are encouraged to operate smaller motors or trolling motors.

Launch Ramps yes
Size Restrictions "No Wake"
Corrals "No Wake"

Boating - Non-Motorized

raft, kayak, canoe

Type of Craft raft, kayak, canoe


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