White Oak Lake State Park
Due to damage on the dam, Lower White Oak Lake is currently without water. According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the agency that manages White Oak Lake, the lower portion is not expected to refill until 2014. As a result, the White Oak Lake State Park marina is closed and all boat rentals have been suspended. However, all other facilities at the state park remain open including the visitor center, campground, trails, pavilion, and playground. In addition, a wide variety of interpretive programs will be offered in the park through the summer. [NOTE: Upper White Oak Lake is in good condition, and anglers are catching bass, bream, and catfish. Upper Lake access is a short drive from the park.] Contact the state park at 870-685-2748, or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at 501-223-6300, for updates on the lower portion of the lake.
To contact the park: 870-685-2748
Adjacent to Poison Springs State Forest, this park lies on the shore of 1,700-acre Lower White Oak Lake. NOTE: Due to reparis being made on the dam, Lower White Oake Lake is currently without water. The lake is not expected to refill until 2014. The park marina is closed until that time. This includes the park's boat rentals. Anglers can drive a short distance from the park to fish for bass, bream, and catfish in Upper White Oak Lake.
All other facilities in the park remain open.
Watchable wildlife and bird watching opportunities abound here. The park offers regular sightings of great blue heron, egret, osprey, and green heron, and in wintertime, migrating bald eagles. While the lake is drained, many new bird species are being seen due to the habitat change in the lake bed.
Park facilities include 45 campsites (four Class A, 37 Class B, and four Tent Sites); a store with supplies and gifts for sale (open throughout the year); standard pavilion; picnic sites; and a playground. The visitor center includes exhibits and a CD interactive program. Bicycles can be rented here.
Choose from the park's hiking trails or almost 10 miles of mountain bike trails leading through a diversity of natural environments ranging from marshlands to Beech covered ridges.
A variety of interpretive programs, including guided hikes, are offered during the summer.
From I-30 at Prescott, travel 20 miles east on Ark. 24, then go south on Ark. 299 approximately 100 yards, then go two miles southeast on Ark. 387.