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COVE LAKE RECREATION AREA, AR

part ofOzark-St. Francis National Forests, US Forest Service
Photo: COVE LAKE RECREATION AREA
Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Cove Lake Recreation Area is a perfect summer getaway and an ideal place to camp, picnic or recreate. It envelops the shores of a 160-acre mountain lake near the 2,700-foot-tall Mount Magazine, the highest point in the state of Arkansas.

Natural Features:

The recreation area is situated in a mixed forest of mature trees and is located in the Arkansas River Valley in the Ozark National Forest.

Recreation:

Popular activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, water skiing and scenic drives. A boat ramp is available and an on-site concessionaire provides boat rentals and other equipment available for purchase.

The lake is home to catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie and perch. It is stocked every other year, although a small amount of catfish are stocked annually and just prior to a yearly kids' fishing derby hosted at the lake.

Facilities:

The recreation area provides picnic areas, campsites and a group shelter, as well as multiple activities, including miniature golf, canoe and paddleboat rentals. The campground offers multiple single-family sites for tent or RV camping.

Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, hot showers and drinking water are also provided. Multiple picnic areas are available on the lake shore, including a picnic shelter that has electricity.

Nearby Attractions:

The recreation area is about 15 miles south of the town of Paris, in Logan County, Arkansas. A scenic route to the top of Mount Magazine is a beautiful 10 mile drive north from Havana, Arkansas.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Concessions
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • A no-wake policy is in effect on the entire lake during weekends and holidays
  • Hookups are not available
  • First-come, first-served sites may be available
  • Off-road vehicles are prohibited in the campground
  • Click here for more information on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.22444, -93.6225
35°13'28"N, 93°37'21"W

From Paris, take Highway 109 south, then turn southeast on Highway 309 for 9 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COVE LAKE RECREATION AREA
19 COVE LAKE LOOP
PARIS AR 72855

Phone Number:

Information: (479)963-6421
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