State Parks Director's Office
Although caves at Devil's Den State Park and Withrow Springs State Park are closed to the public as state and federal agencies work to protect these caves and the bat species that inhabit them from White-nose Syndrome, Arkansas's show caves are open for business. These seven caves in the Ozarks include Blanchard Springs Caverns, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, and these privately-operated caverns: Bull Shoals, Cosmic Caverns, Mystic Caverns, Old Spanish Treasure Cave, Onyx Cave, and War Eagle Cavern.
Information on these caverns can be found at: www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/caves/.
Bull Shoals-White River State Park would like to advise our guests that will be arriving Feb. 28 - March 1, that the Bull Shoals Dam will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please plan your trip to enter the campground through State Hwy 5 North or State Hwy 126 (by Gassville) depending on which direction you are coming from. We hope you have a safe trip here and we look forward to seeing you at the Camper Registration Center when you arrive.
GPS coordinates to the campground: 36.3512,-92.5887
The shooting range at Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area will be closed so we can make improvements on Feb. 20, 2018. You can call 479-789-5000 for updates.
The fireplaces in our cabins will be unavailable for use temporarily as we make repairs. Please contact the park for updates: 870-573-6751.
The water level of Bear Creek Lake was recently lowered at Mississippi River State Park to perform maintenance. This drop in water level has caused the boat ramp to Bear Creek Lake to be shut down. The campgrounds surrounding Bear Creek Lake, day fishing pier, and all other facilities at Mississippi River State Park are open. The lake is expected to refill naturally with spring rains. For updates call the park at (870) 295-4040.
The DeRoche Ridge campground renovation project has been completed at DeGray Lake Resort State Park. The camping area has been entirely renovated with 25 sites being upgraded to Class “AAA” and six walk-in tent sites.
The DeRoche Ridge campground will open to the public on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The park will begin taking reservations at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Reservations can be made several ways including by calling DeGray Lake Resort State Park at 501-865-5810, calling the reservation toll free line at 877-879-2741, going online to www.degray.com or www.arkansasstateparks.com, or in person at the DeGray Lake Resort State Park visitor center. The call center is available to take reservations from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and online reservations can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full Details: Full Details
Ozark Folk Center State Park’s Craft Village, Auditorium, Gift Shop and Skillet Restaurant are currently closed for the season. The Skillet is available for private events. The Cabins at Dry Creek are open year around. Special workshops are being held in our off season, please check the calendar of events for details. Our new season kicks off April 17, 2018.
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park to Close Temporarily
New Facility to Open in Early Spring
A brand new museum is in the works at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in northeast Arkansas. The building has been completed and now the exhibits are being put into place. In order to complete the task in the timeliest fashion, the old and new facilities will be temporarily closed to the public. The new museum is expected to open to the public in spring of 2018.
For more information, please call the Hampson Archeological Museum at (870) 655-8622.
Lake Poinsett State Park is open for camping, hiking, and use of our day use areas. The park is still selling bait and open for interpretive programs and school groups. However, AGFC is draining Lake Poinsett to repair the water control structure, erosion control, and for installation of new fishing habitats. The lake should be fully drained by September. While the lake is drained, guests at Lake Poinsett State Park will be allowed to access the lake at their own risk. Once the lake is dry visitors to the lake should refrain from accessing the lake bed. We also ask that guests please be vigilant and maintain a safe distance away from the construction going on around the lake. We expect the lake should begin to refill naturally by 2020. The lake will be a great fishing mecca again, but it may take some time. Following the renovations, we expect Lake Poinsett to have excellent productivity and strong fisheries for many years. Please call the park directly for updates: 1-870-578-2064.
On June 1, 2017 we will close our GROUP LODGING cabins for renovations. The dining hall in the group lodging will be open and can be reserved for $125 a day. Please call the park for updates: 1-870-573-6751
No campers or RVs over 24 feet are permitted. Highway 155 West is only one way with 11 switchbacks and up to an 18% grade. Please contact the park for more information.