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Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates


Joplin Campground on Lake Ouachita is an excellent destination for pristine lakefront camping. Joplin is perched on a slender peninsula with plenty of attractive scenic views of the water and surrounding mountain terrain.

World-class striper fishing goes on in the lake, and wildlife watchers can find everything from bobcats to rare freshwater jellyfish.

Natural Features:

Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains of Central Arkansas, Lake Ouachita spans a surface area of 40,000 acres, making it the biggest lake completely within the state of Arkansas.

The region has a climate with four seasons. Spring and fall are mild, summer is hot and humid, and winter is variable with temperatures ranging from below freezing on up to the 60 degrees Fahrenheit.


Prized as one of the clearest lakes in the nation, Ouachita Lake is ideal for scuba diving.

Visitors also enjoy hiking, biking, scenic driving, water skiing, fishing and hunting, as well.


RV sites have electric hookups, but keep in mind the spaces are small and unpaved. Water hookups are not available, but a water faucet is located in each loop. Other amenities include a dump station, fish cleaning station, hot showers, boat ramp and a swim beach.

Nearby Attractions:

Head to Hot Springs National Park and discover how it earned the nickname, "The American Spa." Or take a scenic drive through the 1.8 million-acres of Ouachita National Forest.

Boat rentals, horseback riding rentals and the Hickorynut Lookout Tower are not far from the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Dump Station
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Marina
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Due to rising water levels, campsites may become unavailable without notice
  • No off-road vehicles allowed in park
  • This facility has first come, first served campsites
  • No paved camping pads

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.57528, -93.44028
34°34'31"N, 93°26'25"W

From Hot Springs, Arkansas: Take US 270 west for 23.5 miles to Mountain Harbor Road. Turn right and follow access road three miles north to the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

303 Camp Road Rd.
Ida AR 71957

Phone Number:

Information: (870)867-4472