Shores Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Shores Lake Recreation Area offers an 82-acre lake with a fully accessible bathroom facility with ramps for the physically challenged. The fishing piers were designed with wheelchair use in mind. Underwater structures were built to attract fish to the fishing piers. The pavilion is also fully accessible and is available by reservation. Construction of the dam at Shores Lake began in the 1930s by men in a nearby Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The dam was completed in 1958. A cooperative effort between the USDA Forest Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission helped complete the structure. Shores Lake Loop Trail is a showcase of upland hardwoods and shortleaf pine groves. The trail treats hikers to views of waterfalls and wildlife. 18 campsites and 28 family picnicking units. Pavilion for group picnicking by reservation only. Camping trailers allowed, no hook-ups or dumpsite available. Electric sites have 110 outlet & 30 amp outlet access. A campground host is present until November. Due to remote location of campground, water and electricity may be temporarily unavailable during inclement weather or other emergency situations.

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

Information and map

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Campground and Day-Use Area Rules

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Temporarily shutting down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Reservations:  First come - first served. No reservations
Fees Pavillion - $35/day. Campground sites: $30/day/double sites - $20/day single sites with electricity - $15/day single sites without electricity. Beach day use $3/vehicle/day - Boat ramp day use $3/day
Restrictions: "No wake" restriction;  
Closest Towns: Mulberry
Water: Drinking
Restroom: vault with hot showers
Operated By: Boston Mountain Ranger District (479)667-2191

General Information


From Mulberry take Arkansas 215 north for 15 miles, then follow Forest Service Road 1505 for 0.5 mile


Accessible fishing access

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

19 single campsites. 4 multiple unit campsites. Restrooms with hot showers. 28 family picnicking units. Pavilion for group picnicking. Drinking water. Boat launching ramp. Maximum boat motor size is 10 hp. Camping trailers allowed, no hook-ups.

Fire InformationCampfires are allowed (unless in the event of a burn ban), no firewood should be brought in or taken from any of the sites.
No. of Sites19
Reservation InfoEasy

Group Camping


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Water Activities

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