Lake Charles State Park - Powhatan , AR - Arkansas State Parks

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Welcome to Lake Charles State Park
Located in the northeastern foothills of the Ozark Mountains is 645-acre Lake Charles. The lake is loaded with bass, crappie, bream, and catfish. Spread along the western shores of these waters is Lake Charles State Park. Four scenic rivers and 10,711-acre Shirey Bay-Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area are only minutes from the lake. Camping, swimming, picnicking, and fishing make Lake Charles an ideal location for a family vacation or a day’s outing. Lake Charles was established as part of the Arkansas State Parks system in 1963. Forty acres were leased from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to establish the park. Additional acres were purchased at later dates to complete the park’s development. Lake Charles State Park was dedicated on May 28, 1967.


Within Facility
22 Class AAA sites and 34 Class B sites are clustered in three camping areas under the trees and along the lakeshore. Tables, grills, and lantern hooks
are located at each site for convenience. A rental RV is available for reservations year-round. Amenities include satellite TV and a propane grill. A rental Yurt is available for reservations March through November. Amenities include screened windows and a propane grill. Guests need to bring their own bed and bath linens for the RV or Yurt. Modern restrooms and bath houses are located within walking distance of each campsite. A dump station is located near Camping Area C for self-contained camping units. Campers must register at the visitor center before occupying a campsite. All sites are reservable and may be reserved up to one year in advance. Please contact the park for availability.

The picnic area is located near the swim beach in the day use area. Most sites have tables and grills. Modern rest rooms and plenty of shade trees make the area pleasant for a small picnic or a family gathering. A screened-in pavilion with lights, ceiling fans, and a charcoal grill is available for rent (contact the visitor center for reservations). A playground including swings, slides, a climber, and other play units is located in the picnic area.

There are four separate walking trails in the park. The Cedar Trail is a paved trail that connects the campgrounds to the day use area. The White Oak and Mockernut Trails offer views of the lake and opportunities to observe wildlife. The Butterflies and Blooms Trail is a short gravel trail where native plants attract butterflies and other wildlife.

Gift Shop & Bait Shop
A gift shop is located inside the visitor center. Available for purchase is a wide selection of gift and souvenir items, live bait, tackle, firewood, snacks, ice, hunting and fishing licenses, and grilling supplies.

Nature Center
A small nature center is located in the day use area near the swim beach. It is open on weekends from May until September and provides environmental education programs and natural resource focused recreation activities. Hours of operation and program schedules are posted at the nature center, visitor
center, and on bulletin boards throughout the park.

The lake is accessed by four boat launch ramps; one is located directly across the cove from the campground and three ramps are located on Highway 25. Two barrier-free wheelchair accessible fishing piers are located along the Cedar Trail. Several courtesy docks are available for boaters. There are no motor horsepower restrictions on the lake, but personal watercraft, waterskiing, and tubing are prohibited. Arkansas Law establishes a No Wake Zone within 100 feet from the park shoreline and all docks and piers.

The swimming area is free of charge to use and is located in the day use area. It features a gently sloping sandy beach. Alcohol, glass bottles, and pets are prohibited on the beach. No lifeguards are on duty.

Other Facilities
We offer RV and boat storage year-round. Rental equipment, including self-guided kayak and canoe tours, is available. Contact the park for prices and availability.



3705 Hwy. 25
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