Lake Ouachita

Avery Recreation Area sits just below Blakely Mountain Dam and along the western shore of the Ouachita River/ Lake Hamilton. This day-use area offers great shoreline fishing access, an ADA fishing pier, boat ramp, reservable pavilion, restroom, and hiking trails. There is a small paved ADA trail with scenic benches. The Wood Duck Slough Trail has great wildlife viewing opportunities. Avery is also home to one of the main trailheads of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) a 40 mile long trail system that meanders along the southern shore of Lake Ouachita. 

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Need to Know

Natural Features

Lake Ouachita is nestled in the Ouachita Mountains just 10 miles west of Hot Springs National Park. The pool is fed by the cool waters of the Ouachita River and extends about 30 miles over 40,000 surface acres.

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.


Water skiers, jet skiers and anglers can all enjoy the crystal clear waters of the lake, while hikers enjoy the location on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), which meanders across the south end of the lake. 

Contact Information


1424 Blakely Dam Road Royal AR 71968-9493

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 501-767-2101

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From Hot Springs, AR: Take US 270 west to AR-227 N/Mountain Pine Rd for 6 miles. Continue straight on Blakely Dam road through Mountain Pine and past Mountain Pine school. Drive across the base of Blakely Mountain Dam and Avery Recreation Area will be on your left. 

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