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Attention: All Swim Beaches on Nimrod Lake are Closed Until Further Notice.
Attention: Use of facility for political events or activities is prohibited.

CARDEN POINT, AR

part ofNimrod Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: CARDEN POINT
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Carden Point Day Use Park sits along the shores of Nimrod Lake and Dam, cradled between Arkansas' Ouachita and Ozark Mountains.

Natural Features:

Nimrod Dam was completed in 1942 as part of a comprehensive plan for flood control and development of water resources in the Fourche LaFave River. Although recreation was not part of the initial mission of the dam project, the lake and surrounding 21,000 acres of pristine land have now become a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts.

Recreation:

Fishing is one of the most popular activities at the lake, with an abundance of catfish, bluegill, bass and crappie available.

Boating, water skiing and tubing are also popular, with 11 boat ramps conveniently located around the lake.

Hikers will enjoy the Forest Hills Trail, a 1.5-mile self-guided nature trail that starts on the south side of Nimrod Dam and meanders through the wooded hills and valleys.

Visitors are likely to spot white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrel, rabbit, fox, mink, black bear, dove and waterfowl in the area. Seasonal hunting is also permitted throughout the lake, except in or near recreation areas.

Facilities:

Carden Point features a large group picnic shelter, with drinking water, grills and tables. A playground, horseshoe pit and swimming beach make the area ideal for large parties or family functions.

Nearby Attractions:

Nimrod Lake is conveniently located adjacent to State Highway 7, a National Scenic Byway and other nearby points of interest like Petit Jean State Park, Mount Nebo State Park and Hot Springs National Park.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted
  • Picnic shelter users must pay the day use fees to swim or use the boat launch
  • 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):
34.96639, -93.19111
34°57'59"N, 93°11'28"W

From Plainview, Arkansas, take Route 60 east for 5.5 miles to the Access Road, then follow signs into campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CARDEN POINT
3 HWY 7 South
Plainview  AR  72857

Phone Number:

Information:  (479)272-4324
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