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SHOAL BAY, AR

part ofDardanelle Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: SHOAL BAY
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

This shady campground sits on the scenic Shoal Bay arm of Lake Dardanelle, offering an excellent setting for boating, swimming and wildlife viewing.

Natural Features:

Dardanelle Lake, sourced by the Arkansas River, spans 40,000 acres and boasts 315 miles of shoreline. The lake sits in the river valley between the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests.

Recreation:

The lake, a popular spot for anglers, is brimming with white bass, largemouth bass, bream, crappie and large catfish.

The Bridge Rock Trail winds along a rugged slope overlooking the narrows of Shoal Creek, offering excellent hiking opportunities.

Dardanelle's Visitor Center is noteworthy for its "Renaissance of a River" theme. Interpretive exhibits express the progression of river valley from the time of early Native Americans to its present day.

Facilities:

Shoal Bay offers 53 reservable campsits, most of which have electric hookups. Two large picnic shelters are also available.

Amenities include a boat ramp, playground and hot showers.

Nearby Attractions:

Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary, with nearly 86 acres of wetlands and low woods, provide an ideal habitat for native wildlife. Visitors can explore the area on the 6 mile trail system.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • NOTE: A special event application is required for any event including, but not limited to one or more of the following:

    1. An entry, spectator, or participating fee is charged
    2. If you have an anticipated attendance of 100 or more persons
    3. An extraordinary impact on project resources is expected
    4. Corps personnel provide additional patrols, surveillance, refuse collection, and/or crowd control
    5. Event involves the use of concession tents and/or vendors
    6. Event involves Bounce Houses/Bump N Jump Inflatables
    7. Fishing Tournament
    8. Music Festival

    In addition to the special event application, you may be asked to submit the following information before approval can be granted: (1) proof of liability insurance; (2) event details & description; (3) schedule of events; (4) parking plans. There will be a $50.00 permit fee upon approval of all special events.

    PROHIBITED: Please note that livestock, exotic animals, explosives, loaded projectile firing devices, and commercial activities are prohibited on project lands unless written permission has been received from the District Commander. If commercial tents are permitted for your special event, please note that driving tent stakes into concrete or asphalt on project lands is prohibited.

    Special Event Applications can be obtained by contacting the Russellville Project Office at 479-968-5008.

    Send Applications & Permit Fees to:
    Russellville Project Office
    Attn: Special Event
    1598 Lock and Dam Road
    Russellville, AR 72802

  • Campsites are first come, first served outside the reservation season
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.31, -93.43056
35°18'36"N, 93°25'50"W

From New Blaine, Arkansas, take State Route 197 north for 2 miles. Follow signs into campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SHOAL BAY
SHOAL BAY ROAD BOX 499
NEW BLAINE  AR  72859

Phone Number:

Information:  (479)938-7335
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