Lake Wedington Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Effective 3/13/19, the campground is closed due to downed trees and will reopen as soon as the trees are cleared. The day use area is closed until April 21, 2019.  The lake at Wedington is being drawn down this winter to do inspections, maintenance and to perform a dock removal. The lake will refill after these projects are completed. Water Craft can still  access the lake; however, larger watercraft requiring the use of the boat ramp will be limited during the draw down time. The lake will remain open for fishing, however at some point, the dock in the campground will have to be detached.  For your safety, please stay off the dock when it is detached. The campground will remain open on a first come basis with the camping fees at $10.00 per night. One bathhouse is open at the campground. Reservations can only be made for dates after April 21, 2019 by contacting or 1-877-444-6777.
Operational Hours: Day-use area open daily from 10am - 8pm.
Reservations: Campsites, cabins, lodge, and picnic pavilion can be reserved. Contact or call 1-877-444-6777 for reservations. 
Fees Campsites, lodge, and cabins can be reserved. Camp Sites - Max. 6/site, $20/night year round. Day Use (swim, picnic, other) - $5/vehicle/day (vans/buses over 10 passengers add $.50/person). Boat Launch - $5/vehicle/day. Current forest recreation fees and schedule.
Restrictions: NO PETS Allowed in the Swim beach 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: Boston Mountain Ranger District (479)667-2191

General Information

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

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