Tompkins Bend Day-Use

Lake Ouachita

Tompkins Bend Day-Use Area on Lake Ouachita, is a great spot to getaway for the day. The combination of lush mountain scenery and wildlife, make this quiet location an ideal place for a family gathering, reunion, or group retreat.  

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The Day-Use Pavilion has electrical hook-ups, picnic tables, and lighting. Other amenities include a bathroom facility, a playground, and a grassy wooded scenic view.

Need to Know

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 over 40,000 acres and extend for 30 miles, making it the largest lake completely in the state of Arkansas.

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.


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 Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), 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.

Contact Information


15 Tompkins Bend MT. IDA AR 71957

Phone Number

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

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

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. 


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.

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