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LAKE WEDINGTON, AR

Photo: LAKE WEDINGTON
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 23 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lake Wedington beckons visitors of many types, those who come to relax and fish all day, those who come to speed along on bike paths or cruise on a boat, and those who want to stay in a cabin as a lakeside home-away-from-home. The recreation area also offers convenient access, as it is located just 13 miles west of Fayetteville, and 13 miles east of Siloam Springs.

The facility offers several rental cabins, campsites and picnic sites alongside its the lake. Each offers access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The area can be accessed by vehicle and a parking space should be available. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

In the 1930s, the lake and recreation area were built under the guidance of the Soil Conservation Service. The Forest Service acquired the land in 1954 and restored the buildings, and the location is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests who rent one of the cabins will get the opportunity to stay in a historic structure from the 1930s, while still enjoying the luxuries of a cozy bed and a coffee maker.

A variety of wildlife, trees, ferns and wildflowers surround the 102-acre Lake Wedington. Fall leaves put on quite a show, often attracting photographers. Wildlife in the area includes rabbits, deer and wild turkeys, as well as an array of migratory waterfowl. In winter, eagles may be sighted.

Recreation:

A swimming area, boat ramp and accessible fishing pier are available on-site. Visitors enjoy boating, kayaking and canoeing, as well as fishing on the lake. Anglers seek bluegill, largemouth and spotted bass, bream and channel catfish, among other species. A world-record grass carp, weighing 80 pounds, was caught at the lake in 2004, using 14-pound line.

In addition to picnic areas and swimming, the area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, however horses must be kept outside the park area at all times. The Lakeshore Hiking Trail circles a large portion of the lake. The North Twin hiking and mountain biking trial extends for seven miles from the facility.

A volleyball court and horseshoes pits are also provided at the park.

Facilities:

Drinking water, showers, a boat ramp and flush toilets are among the available amenities at Lake Wedington. Campsites do not have electrical hookups, but are equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill.

The picnic pavilion and lodge are available for day-use only. The picnic pavilion can accommodate up to 75 guests and the lodge can hold up to 200 people.

The six historic cabins are equipped with electricity, including heating and air conditioning. A kitchen area in each of the buildings is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, cooking pots and pans and basic tableware.

Linens, towels and bedding are not provided. Guests should pack food, towels, blankets and/or sleeping bags, pillows, and other basic overnight supplies. They should also bring their own firewood or purchase firewood nearby. Click here for more information on Lake Wedington facilities.

Nearby Attractions:

Along State Highway 16, both east to Fayetteville, or west to Siloam Springs, groceries, gasoline, ice and other supplies are available in the small communities of Prairie Grove, Farmington and Lincoln.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Stove
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Kayaking
  • Lights
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • RV sites
  • Ranger Station
  • Refrigerator
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tent sites
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
Lake Wedington 2015 Operating Hours:
April 24 - September 30: open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (open Memorial Day and Labor Day)
October 1 through November 8: open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Please book sites via the call center at 1-877-444-6777 if there are availability issues on this website; if all cabins are booked on a date the park is open, please call the park at (479) 442-3527 to check for possible openings
  • Check-in time is at 2 p.m. and check-out time is at 11 a.m.
  • For opening dates and hours of operation, please call 479-442-3527
  • Late arrivals for cabin or group campsites (after 5 p.m.) should call (479) 442-3527 prior to arrival, to arrange for key pickup and other instructions; lock combination codes are given upon check-in
  • Lodge Cleaning Deposit: A $100.00 cleaning deposit must be paid to the park one week prior to your event. Cash, check, or money orders are accepted. Cleaning fees will be assessed at the Park's discretion on the following criteria: chairs returned neatly to the closet, tables and counters cleaned, floor swept, decorations removed (including tape, tacks, etc.), trash bagged and put on kitchen patio.
    Failure to check out with the gatehouse and do a walk through upon departure will forfeit your cleaning deposit.
  • This facility has first-come, first-serve sites
  • Group picnic pavilion and lodge are for day use only
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted within the park or surrounding general forest of the Wedington Unit
  • No hunting allowed
  • No pets allowed in any part of the recreation area
  • Swim and boat at your own risk
  • Click here for more information on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.09167, -94.37083
36°5'30"N, 94°22'15"W

From Fayetteville, travel west on Highway 16 (Wedington Road) for 13 miles, to the Lake Wedington entry road. The road is negotiable for RVs of all sizes.

From Siloam Springs, travel east on Highway 16 for 13 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LAKE WEDINGTON
15592 LAKE WEDINGTON ENTRY RD.
FAYETTEVILLE  AR  72704

Phone Number:

Project Office: (479)442-3527
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