The day-use area is temporarily closed and the lake is drained to make dam repairs. Note: After heavy rains, the lake temporarily fills but then quickly drains again. 

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Lake Sylvia Recreation Area

Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Cabin at Lake Sylvia Recreation Area
Lake Sylvia Recreation Area

What to know

Lake Sylvia Recreation Area is nestled between scenic pine and oak-clad mountains in the northeast corner of the Ouachita National Forest. The serene 18-acre lake is noted for its swimming and fishing opportunities only 38 miles west of Little Rock. The trail system offers visitors an opportunity to hike, enjoy an easy nature walk, connect with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail for a backpacking experience, go trail running or gravel grinding. There is also a swimming beach, bathhouses, and picnic sites. Interpretive programming is offered.

The park has 14 campsites with water and electricity ($25 per night), 8 primitive sites ($15 per night) and two group tent camping sites ($35 per night). Campsites are first-come, first-serve and there is a self-pay station (cash only).

There are seven camper cabins available that can be reserved online or by calling. Camper cabins are not our traditional full-service cabins and provide more of a rustic camping experience. See the descriptions below for what to expect. 




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Camper Cabins
Cabin #1:
  • Sleeps up to 6 people. It has 1 queen bed and 4 twin beds. You need to bring your own bedding and pillows.
  • There is no kitchen or coffee maker but does include a microwave and full-size refrigerator.
  • It has a bathroom that includes a toilet, shower and sink.
  • It has heating and air conditioning.
  • Includes a porch and standing grill.
  • TV is not provided.
Cabins #2 - #7:
  • Sleeps up to 2 people. It has 1 full bed. You need to bring your own bedding and pillows.
  • There is no kitchen or coffee maker but does include a microwave and mini-refrigerator.
  • It has a bathroom that includes a toilet, shower and sink.
  • It has heating and air conditioning.
  • Includes a porch and standing grill.
  • TV is not provided.
Common packing list for camper cabins:
  • Bedding or Sleeping Bags
  • Pillows
  • Bathroom Towels
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Paper Towels
  • Coffee Maker or Instant Coffee
  • Plates/Cups/Cutlery
  • Dish Soap/Sponge
  • Charcoal for Standing Grill
  • Ice Cooler