Spring Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The Magazine Ranger District is located in the Arkansas River Valley on the western edge of the Ozark National Forest. This area is known for its beautiful, natural scenery, sandstone bluffs, flowing steams, lakes and pristine landscapes. Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 82-acre Spring Lake is a favorite area for water sports such as swimming and fishing. Camping and picnicking are also popular pastimes. The beautiful hardwood forest surrounding the lake provides the backdrop for wildflowers that bloom year-round. 13 family campsite units. 19 family picnic units. Pavilions. Swimming Beach. Camping trailers are allowed, but no special facilities are available. All campsites have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring, and lantern pole. Areas of interest include Cove Lake, Mt. Magazine State Park, Mt. Nebo State Park, Sorghum Hollow Horse Camp, Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway, Huckleberry Horse Trail, and Petit Jean River. Medical services and camping supplies are available sixteen miles away in Dardanelle.

Information and map

Information and map - Spanish

Campground and Day-Use Area Rules

Walking dogs across the dam at Spring Lake Recreation Area Looking down at the dam at Spring Lake Recreation Area

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Contact the Mt. Magazine Ranger District at 479-963-3076 for more information
Reservations:  All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations.
Fees No electric or water hookups available. Campground - $15/site/day. Day Use - $4/vehicle/day. Day Use Boat Ramp- $4.00/day (Boat ramp free on west side of lake).Two pavilions available for rent. Contact the ranger district at 479-963-3076. Current forest recreation fees and schedule
Restrictions: Boating- "no wake" restrictions at all times.
Closest Towns: Dardanelle, Belleville
Water: drinking
Restroom: Flush central restrooms
Operated By: Mount Magazine Ranger District (479)963-3076

General Information

Directions: Take Arkansas 27 (paved) southwest from Dardanelle for 9 miles, then right (west) on Arkansas 307 (paved) 3 miles to Forest Service Road 1602 (gravel) continuing 4 miles to Spring Lake, OR take Arkansas 307 (paved) north from Belleville for 4 miles to Forest Service Road 1602 (gravel), continue on 1602 for 3 miles. Negotiable by camping trailer rigs.

Recreation Map

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