Activities and Amenities
The park is in a forested area along the riverfront, close to the rolling fields of cotton farms. It is 193 feet above sea level; winters are generally mild and summer temperatures reach the upper 90s with high humidity.
Red fox are frequently seen in the park, and numerous species of waterfowl live in the water and along the shores.
The campground is popular among fishermen. There is excellent catfish fishing in the tail-waters of Joe Hardin Lock and Dam as well as Emmitt Sanders Lock and Dam at the upstream end of Pool 3. Anglers often catch bass, crappie and bream.
Hunting is available in nearby forests, and there is duck hunting on the waterways.
On shore, families enjoy picnicking and using the playground.
Tar Camp Campground offers more than 50 sites, most with electric and water hookups. Each campsite has a movable lamp post and grill, as well as campfire rings and picnic tables.
Two large group picnic shelters that can each accommodate up to 60 people each can be reserved for day use.
A rock climbing wall and basketball court provide additional recreation opportunities.
Little Rock, the state capital and largest city in Arkansas, is only a short drive away and offers many amenities and cultural attractions.
The nearby town of Pine Bluff is the home for the Arkansas Railroad Museum, Pine Bluff Regional Park, the Martha Mitchell Home and other points of interest, as well as shopping and groceries.