New Cabins on the Shore of Lake Ouachita at Lake Ouachita State Park Open to Rave Reviews

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Lake Ouachita State Park features four new cabins overlooking Lake Ouachita
Lake Ouachita State Park features four new cabins overlooking Lake Ouachita
The new, two-bedroom cabins at Lake Ouachita State Park include lake view decks and patios
The new, two-bedroom cabins at Lake Ouachita State Park include lake view decks and patios
The great rooms in Lake Ouachita's new cabins include fully-equipped kitchens
The great rooms in Lake Ouachita's new cabins include fully-equipped kitchens
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Mountain Pine -- For many overnight guests in Arkansas’s state parks, park cabins are their preferred choice since these fully-equipped facilities make the perfect home away from home. Lake Ouachita State Park, on the eastern shores of 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita northwest of Hot Springs, now sports four new rental cabins that opened this week. This brings the total number of cabins to eight at this popular park which serves as a gateway to the largest lake within Arkansas’s borders. Situated on the lakeshore, the cabins feature an airy, one-story contemporary style designed around their spectacular view of Lake Ouachita. A great room includes large windows that frame the view of the lake through the trees, a vaulted ceiling with sky windows, wood-burning fireplace, dining area, and fully-equipped kitchen. Amenities include a satellite flat screen TV with DVD player. Each cabin includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms that include large spa tubs. The great room opens onto a large private deck and porch facing the lake giving guests the choice of sun or shade when enjoying this outdoor living area. Outdoor furnishings include a large table with chairs, two reclining Adirondack chairs, and a bench in the patio area next to a pedestal grill. One cabin is a barrier-free design to accommodate visitors with disabilities. Each cabin is furnished with Mission-style furniture and includes a hide-a-bed sofa. Wood floors are featured in the great room and bedrooms, and tile floors are found in the kitchen and bathrooms. An abundance of custom woodwork graces the walls. Complimenting this woodwork, windows are surrounded by wood frames and feature wood blinds. Wood is also featured in the island in the kitchen that serves as both counter work space and as a breakfast bar with bar stools. Attractive rockwork is found on the fireplace in the great room and in the kitchen’s surrounding backsplash.

The cabin rental rate is $185 per day for four adults. The charge for each additional guest is $10 per person day. Children age 12 and under stay free.

The contractor for the $1,100,893 construction project was LDT General Contractor, Inc. of Hot Springs. This amount included the construction of the four cabins, parking improvements, walkways and access, landscaping, and all utilities. The design consultant was Borne Firm Architects, P.A. of Little Rock. The project was funded by Amendment 75, Arkansas’s Conservation Fund.

In addition to the four new cabins, the park offers four multi-level cabins featuring two and three bedrooms. To make cabin reservations, contact Lake Ouachita State Park at 1-800-264-2441 or book online at ArkansasStateParks.com/LakeOuachita. Park Superintendent Lee Howard noted the “wow factor” of these new cabins that replaced the park’s outdated 1970s models. He said, “For our cabin guests, the impact of walking into a cabin will be breathtaking. It is the combination of the striking architectural features, beautiful furniture that blends with its surroundings, and the spectacular view of the lake through the entire north wall’s bank of windows.” Howard noted that soon as people see photographs of the new cabins, they say, “I want to experience that!”

According to Howard, “The cabins here at Lake Ouachita are very popular throughout the four seasons and with people from all over the country. We hear so many compliments from our guests regarding the beautiful natural scenery and Southern hospitality that they find here in the park and the surrounding area.” He said, “Lake Ouachita offers many different forms of water oriented-recreation such as swimming, skiing, wake-boarding, scuba diving, and more. Our park cabins are perfect for families participating in these fun activities.”

Howard noted that the lake is also a popular destination for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. “During the construction phase this winter, we routinely saw bald eagles right behind the cabins,” he said, “so the opportunities for wildlife viewing will be tremendous in the fall through the spring.”

Because all cabins at Lake Ouachita State Park now feature either two to three bedrooms, Howard said, “Family vacations become much more affordable when two families can meet here in the park and share the expense of a cabin which has all the comforts of home.”

According to architect Robin Borne, the design “is all about the view.” He noted that large, extremely energy efficient windows are featured in the cabins. From inside windows frame the lake view. And, on the outside both a deck and patio face the lake. “And, we extended the roof line to create porches on the front and back to provide shading during the peak sun months,” he said. “So when relaxing on the deck enjoying the lake view you have the choice of being in the sun or shade.”

Borne noted that the cabins’ south-facing front and north-facing back are ideal for their design as passive solar energy structures. The south-facing front allowed Borne? to design the great room with a clear story featuring five large windows to help light and warm the cabin. The north-facing back includes the outdoor living area overlooking the lake. For privacy, there are no windows on the sides of the cabins that face adjacent cabins. Borne said, “Our energy conservation goal was achieved using a sensible, balanced approach to sustainability; including passive solar, insulation, and energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems. We exceeded the state energy code in our mechanical systems, so these cabins are about saving energy, too.”

Borne noted that parking is provided including large pull-through parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers. Electrical outlets are provided so that guests’ boat batteries can be recharged outside the cabins.

Lake Ouachita State Park is one of the 52 Arkansas state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The park is one of several Arkansas state parks developed on lands leased from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 370-acre state park is located at the site of Three Sisters Springs, a major attraction in the Hot Springs area since the late 1880s.

Lake Ouachita State Park is a gateway to Lake Ouachita. At 40,000 acres with 975 miles of shoreline, it is the largest lake completely within Arkansas’s borders. Formed by Blakely Mountain Dam on the Ouachita River, the lake is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and private timberlands. Lake Ouachita has been designated as an “Exceptional Water Resource,” and as such, is one of the cleanest lakes in the nation. All water sports can be enjoyed on the lake including boating, fishing, skiing, sailing, and scuba diving since the lake is so clear for divers. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves.

In addition to the cabins, the park offers 102 campsites; picnic sites; hiking trails; a swimming area; marina with boat rentals, bait and supplies; and a visitor center including interpretive exhibits and a store. Park interpreters provide a wide variety of programs and events for the entertainment and education of park visitors.

To reach the park from Hot Springs, travel three miles west on U.S. 270, then go 12 miles north on Ark. 227.

For more information, contact: Lee Howard, park superintendent, Lake Ouachita State Park, 5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine, AR 71956, phone: 501-767-9366, e-mail: lee.howard@arkansas.gov.

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