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Stephens Park Day Use Campground Overview

Location: Stephens Park Day Use Campground is situated in Lake Ouachita State Park, near Mountain Pine, Arkansas. The park offers a scenic environment adjacent to the largest lake in Arkansas, Lake Ouachita, providing a perfect location for a variety of water-based activities.

Day Use Amenities: The campground is designed for day use, so visitors can expect amenities such as:

  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ grills
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming areas
  • Boat launch ramps
  • Fishing opportunities
  • Playground equipment for children
  • Pavilion rentals for group events


Boating: With easy access to Lake Ouachita, Stephens Park is an ideal spot for boating enthusiasts. The boat ramps facilitate easy launching of boats for a day on the water, whether you intend to go fishing, water skiing, or simply cruising around the lake.

Swimming: The park features designated swimming areas, allowing visitors to cool off and enjoy the clean waters of Lake Ouachita.

Fishing: Fishing is a popular activity at Lake Ouachita. Anglers can cast for a variety of fish species such as largemouth bass, striped bass, bream, crappie, catfish, and walleye.

Hiking: Lake Ouachita State Park provides a network of hiking trails in and around the area, catering to various levels of difficulty and showcasing the region's natural beauty.

Picnicking: With numerous picnic spots equipped with tables and grills, families and groups can enjoy meals surrounded by picturesque views.

Usage and Fees

Usage: The Day Use Campground is open to the public for day use only and typically does not offer overnight camping facilities. Visitors should confirm the operating hours before planning their trip.

Fees: While there might be no fee for general day use, certain amenities such as pavilion rentals may require a reservation and rental fee. Visitors should check the latest fee schedule and reservation policy.

Regulations and Safety

General Rules:

  • Alcohol consumption may be regulated or prohibited.
  • Pets must be leashed and managed at all times.
  • Visitors should adhere to posted swimming rules and stay within designated areas.

Safety Precautions:

  • Before swimming, be aware of any advisories concerning water conditions.
  • Ensure life jackets are worn when boating, especially for children and non-swimmers.
  • Follow catch-and-release practices or be aware of any fishing limits and size regulations.


Access for Individuals with Disabilities: Lake Ouachita State Park makes an effort to provide facilities accessible to visitors with disabilities, including accessible restrooms and picnic areas.

Getting There and Contact Information

Directions: The Day Use Campground can be accessed from Mountain Pine Road, with the park being well-signposted from major highways.

Contact Information: Visitors should contact the park directly for the most updated information regarding conditions, fees, and regulations:

  • Phone: The park office typically provides information over the phone.
  • Website: The official Arkansas State Parks website offers detailed information and any alerts or updates regarding parks facilities and usage.

For those planning a visit, it's always a good idea to check the latest updates directly from the park's official resources or contact the park office. Remember that outdoor activities carry inherent risks; always be prepared and attentive to the park rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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