Activities and Amenities
Blue Mountain Lake is situated in the shadow of Mt. Magazine, the highest mountain in Arkansas and the tallest between the Rockies and Alleghenies.
Farmland, rolling green mountains and two national forests surround the lake, adding to the natural beauty of the area. The lake shore consists of mixed pine and hardwood forests, wetlands and grasslands, which provide habitat for many native wildlife species.
Outlet Area Park is located just downstream of Blue Mountain Dam. Water flow from the dam travels down the river channel through the park as it heads further down in the Petit Jean River Valley.
Families, anglers, boaters, hikers, water skiers and hunters are drawn to the lake for its recreational activities. Forests around the lake are also open to hunting.
The river channel through Outlet Area Park provides prime bank fishing opportunities for crappie, largemouth and white bass, bream and catfish.
Families can make use of Outlet Area's playground, and the shady, cypress tree-lined swimming area in nearby Waveland Park.
There are also several trails available, including Tower Heights Trail, a 1.5-mile trail at the entrance of the campground. This trail traverses the ridge and affords hikers majestic views of Blue Mountain Lake and Mt. Magazine.
The Blue Mountain Wildlife Demonstration Area on the west end of the lake has a world-class bird dog field trial area that attracts visitors from throughout the United States and several other countries. Anyone may use the facilities to train dogs.
Visitors can choose from 26 campsites, most with electricity and water hookups, including three multi-family sites.
Most sites are lakefront; a few are just a short walk away from the water. Anglers have the convenience of a fish cleaning station.
The lake is situated between the Ozark and Ouachita National Forest, and Mt. Magazine State Park is within a 30-minute drive. Additional information for local attractions is available at chambers of commerce in nearby towns.