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Lake Conway

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) created Lake Conway by impounding waters from the runoff of Stone Dam, Cold, Palarm, Little Cypress and Panther Creeks in 1951, completing the largest reservoir built by a U.S. game and fish commission. At 6,700 acres, this lake provides Conway residents a great place to fish, and offers locals revenue through tourism. AGFC's mission is to keep this lake stocked, and the Crappie Master's State Tournament is held here every spring.

In June 2011, the AGFC renamed this reservoir as the Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir, honoring outgoing commission chairman, Craig D. Campbell.


Anglers can find bass, catfish, bream, and crappie at this lake. The AGFC built a nursery pond on the lake's east side, feeding fish directly into the reservoir. Partly submerged stumps, log piles, and cypress trees provide plenty of cover for fish and for migratory birds. This is an extremely fertile lake, filled with shad and small sunfish.


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    Lake Conway Arkansas Coordinates:
35.0053N -92.3921W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
6,700 acres
Maximum Depth:
18 ft
340 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Little Rock
Little Rock


Lake Conway is not water-ski friendly, as it is not deep in many areas and the lake is filled with stumps and log debris. But, if you just want to cruise around the lake or fish, you can find several free public launch areas maintained by AGFC. Several commercial docks also are available, and they offer boat rentals. The main access to this lake is via I-40, exit 135 at Mayflower. The north end of the lake is reachable by gravel roads via AR 286.


With its proximity to Conway, and the fact that this lake is a mere 25 miles from Little Rock, visitors are hard pressed to find state park camping facilities. The closest state park is north of Little Rock. Pinnacle Mountain State Park, however, does not offer camping. That said, commercial campgrounds are located in the area, as well as a wide variety of other accommodations.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Conway, located just five miles from Conway, Arkansas, in Faulkner County, also is just 25 miles north of Little Rock.

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