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TOMPKINS BEND, AR

part ofOuachita Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: TOMPKINS BEND
Status: Open through Mon Dec 01 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Tompkins Bend on Lake Ouachita, is a great family camping destination. The combination of lush mountain scenery and roomy sites big enough for two camping units, make this quiet location an ideal place for an outdoor getaway.

Natural Features:

Lake Ouachita is fed from the cool waters of the Ouachita River in central Arkansas. Surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and National Forest, it's crystal waters span 40,000 acres and extend for 30 miles, making it the largest lake completely in the state of Arkansas.

Recreation:

Water skiers, jet skiers and anglers can all enjoy the crystal clear waters of the lake, while hikers enjoy the campground's location on the Vista Trail, which meanders across the south end of the lake.

Wildlife enthusiasts can find everything from bobcats to black bears and deer in the forested mountains surrounding the lake, and Bald eagles are often spotted in winter.

Facilities:

The majority of campsites have electric hookups and 15 have water hookups as well. Most sites will accommodate two camping units. Other amenities include a dump station, fish cleaning station, hot showers, and a boat ramp. Programs take place at the amphitheater.

Nearby Attractions:

Head to Hot Springs National Park and discover how it earned the nickname, "The American Spa." Or take a scenic drive through the 1.8 million-acres of Ouachita National Forest. Here, off-roading enthusiasts can take on the Wolf Pen Gap Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Trails
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Marina
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • No off-road vehicles allowed in park
  • This facility has first come, first served campsites
  • 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):
34.57306, -93.46889
34°34'23"N, 93°28'8"W

From Hot Springs, Arkansas, take US 270 west approximately 24.5 miles to Tompkin Bend Road. Turn right and follow access road 2.4 miles north to park.

From Mount Ida, Arkansas, take US 270 east about 10.7 miles to Tompkins Bend Road. Turn left and follow access road 2.4 miles north to the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TOMPKINS BEND
15 Tompkins Bend
Mt. Ida  AR  71957

Phone Number:

Information:  (870)867-4476
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