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Camping at Norfork Lake State Park

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Overview of Norfork Lake State Park

Norfork Lake State Park, also known as the "Hand Cove" or "Quarry Cove" area, is a public recreation area on Norfork Lake in Arkansas. It is well-known for its clean, clear waters, fish-filled coves, and a diverse range of camping and water sports activities. While not officially designated as a state park, the recreation areas around Norfork Lake offer many of the same types of facilities and amenities.

Camping Information

Reservations and Fees:

  • Reservations for campsites can typically be made online or by phone. It's always a good idea to book in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  • Campsite fees vary based on the type of site and amenities provided. Check the latest fees at the time of booking.

Campsite Types:

  • Many areas around Norfork Lake offer both primitive sites and those with RV hookups (water, electric, and/or sewer).
  • There might also be options for group camping or renting cabins, depending on the specific area around the lake.


  • Standard amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, and access to restrooms and showers.
  • Some areas may also offer boat ramps, playgrounds, swimming areas, and pavilions.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out what you pack in and disposing of waste properly.
  • Observe any fire restrictions, and use fire rings where provided.
  • Quiet hours are typically in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and supervised.
  • Check for specific fishing and boating regulations that apply to Norfork Lake.

Recreational Activities


  • Norfork Lake is renowned for bass, crappie, walleye, and trout fishing.
  • A valid Arkansas fishing license is required for anglers over a certain age.

Boating and Watersports:

  • The lake is popular for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding.
  • Marinas on the lake offer boat rentals and sale of fishing supplies and licenses.

Hiking and Wildlife Viewing:

  • There are trails for hiking and opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching.
  • Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera to capture the region's natural beauty.


  • Designated swim areas are provided for safety.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty, so swimming is done at one's own risk.

Safety and Emergency Information

  • Always wear life jackets when boating or participating in water sports activities.
  • Be aware of weather conditions and lake levels, which can change rapidly.
  • In case of an emergency, have a way to contact the authorities. Cell phone coverage may be limited in some areas, so consider carrying a satellite phone or other emergency communication device.
  • The nearest hospital or medical facility should be identified in advance of your stay.


  • Check if specific campsites or areas around the lake are ADA accessible.
  • Contact park management for the most current information on facilities and services for visitors with disabilities.

Contact Information and Location

  • For the most accurate and up-to-date information, reach out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office managing the Norfork Lake area or visit the official website.
  • The lake is located near the northern border of Arkansas, with parts of the lake extending into Missouri.

Remember to always check for the latest updates from the official managing authority of Norfork Lake since policies, fees, and conditions can change over time.

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