Petit Jean Facilities and Rentals

Pools, Picnics and Playgrounds

What makes Petit Jean State Park one of the most popular Arkansas vacation spots? It might be the breathtaking scenery, the kid-friendly pool, or one of the state’s best picnic areas for family gatherings.


2022 Update: Due to a lifeguard shortage, the public pool and boathouse are open Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. until Labor Day (open Monday, Labor Day also).

Open during the summer months from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend are two swimming pools at Petit Jean. One pool situated on the bluff behind Mather Lodge is for cabin and lodge guests only. The other pool located near the picnic area is open to the public. [NOTE: It may be closed on weekdays during the final three weeks of August depending on the availability of lifeguards.] The pool includes a diving board and water slides. 

The public pool at Petit Jean open daily in season 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Enjoy a relaxing picnic at Petit Jean anytime during the year at a table overlooking the lake or near the playground. Petit Jean has some of the best picnic areas in Arkansas along Lake Bailey and Lake Roosevelt, featuring tables, grills, water and restrooms. Two group pavilions are available for rent April to October. The Recreation Hall (no heat or air-conditioning), located near the visitor center, can also be rented for group gatherings. The pavilions and Recreation Hall must be reserved in advance by calling 501-727-5441.


Petit Jean includes two playgrounds. One is located in the cabin area near Mather Lodge, and the other is in the picnic area.

Visit Petit Jean State Park and enjoy one of the best Arkansas vacation spots for families.