Lake DeGray, Arkansas

Sunset at Lake DeGray

Sunset at Lake DeGray

I am going to give another “shout out” for Arkansas. LakeDeGray is a US Army Corps of Engineer project. There are six class A campgrounds with a total of 428 campsites. Corps camping also includes 2 class B campgrounds and a primitive camping area. DeGray Lake Resort State Park is located on the north shore and offers in addition to camping a newly renovated 96 room lodge and restaurant, an 18 hole golf course, tennis, and horseback riding. Arkansas Scenic Byway 7 is located along the eastern shore of the lake. Dedicated in April, 1994, the scenic byway runs for about 237 miles and has long been recognized as one of the most scenic drives in America.

Fishing pole in boatIt is a beautiful and a non-crowded lake. We had previously checked out most all the Corps campgrounds on a motorcycle ride, but found for our tastes the Alpine Ridge Campground to be our favorite. There are 49 campsites. Many are first-come-first-serve (non-reservable) and are on the water. The good news is that it is not that crowded so should you arrive on a weekday you more than likely would not have any problem getting an unreserved spot. You can reserve sites online, which is what we did and then switched to a water front site when we got there. Each site has privacy and lots of shade. If you have your senior pass (62+) the Core campsites are only $6 to $9/night, depending if you are on the water or not. (If you don’t have the Senior Pass it’s $12/$18.) They have electrical hookups. They do not have water hookups, but fresh water can be easily filled at the dump station on the way in. Water stations are situated throughout the campground for jug filling.

The lake has a shoreline of 247 miles and the reservoir covers 13,400 acres. The fishing is suppose to be great (although Bob and I did not even get a nibble, but that’s pretty normal). Their website touts that it offers “Arkansas’ finest fishing for hybrid stripped bass and great angling for walleye, crappie, bream and catfish.” During the warm months people water-ski, sail, snorkel, kayak, as well as just boat for pleasure. They even scuba dive on the lake. Even on a busy weekend you hardly see another boat. There are lots of fingers of shoreline as well as little islands where you can boat out to, unload you stuff and play for the day.

 If you ever get to Arkansas, you absolutely have to check this lake out!