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/.
The swimming beach at Lake Charles State Park is closed temporarily by order the Arkansas Department of Health. It is not known at this time when the beach will reopen. All other areas of the park are open. Please call the park for updates: 870-878-6595.
Bull Shoals-White River State Park would like to advise our guests that will be arriving June 5, that the Bull Shoals Dam will be closed to traffic from 12 p.m. to 5 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
Due to construction, please give us a call directly to book your cabin at 1-870-269-3851& Press 1 to talk to our staff directly.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is closing Bear Creek Lake’s only boat ramp starting Monday, April 16, 2018. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas State Parks are partnering to improve the boat launch area by creating a new boat launch and courtesy dock area. The project should be complete by the end of May. Boats that can be unloaded by hand without the need of a trailer, such as kayaks, canoes, and some flat bottoms can still be launched from the shoreline. The park will still rents flat bottom boats with motors and kayaks to access the lake. Storm Creek, Saint Francis River, and Hornor Neck Lake Boat launches within Mississippi River State Park are all open. For updates call the park at (870) 295-4040.
The swimming pool at Withrow Springs State Park is closed indefinitely.
Due to previous flooding DeRoche Ridge is closed for repairs until further notice. All other areas are open. For updates, please call the park at 501-865-5801.
The boardwalk and Plum Bayou Trail at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park are closed temporarily due to flooding. Please call the park for updates: 501-961-9442.
The fireplaces in our cabins will be unavailable for use temporarily as we make repairs. Please contact the park for updates: 870-573-6751.
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.
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.