Family Fun at Arkabutla Lake


Just off Scenic Loop 304, Arkabutla Lake’s remote location is an ideal setting for a serene retreat.

Created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arkabutla Lake is a reservoir on the Coldwater River that features a 11,500-ft dam that has an average height of 67-ft. The lake supports activities such as hunting, hiking, walking, fishing, and kayaking.

There are trails for hiking or biking and many of the amenities are ADA accessible including a fishing pier, swimming beach and playgrounds in addition to accessible sites set in beautiful campgrounds. 

Trail-goers will enjoy views of the lake, mixed hardwood forests, swamps and open fields planted for wildlife habitat and the lake provides for some of the best fishing in the southeast and some of the best sailing east of the Mississippi River. 

Whether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, or just enjoying the outdoors, Arkabutla Lake provides a variety of opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.   And, with more than 30,000 acres of land open activities for activities, there is something for everyone!

Arkabutla Lake has a Visitor Information Center that offers information such as brochures, project regulations, camping information and area maps.  You will also find several interesting exhibits and displays that explain the missions of the Corps at Arkabutla Lake.  The Visitor Information Center is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

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