This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir extends into five counties and covers nearly 35,000 surface acres along the Arkansas River. Its recreation areas and fishing possibilities make this lake a popular one for residents and visitors. Several state parks and camp sites along the lake also make it convenient for overnight stays. The fishing tournament weigh-in pavilion in Russellville is a world-class act and the first of its kind in the nation.
A state record shows a two-pound, ten-ounce Skipjack herring in 2004. Big catfish also are a favorite goal for some anglers here. Over 95 species of fish populate this lake. Be sure to visit Lake Dardanelle State Park's visitor center, where you can view some of the species in this lake in their aquariums.
Search Lake Dardanelle Resources
Lake Dardanelle is dotted with boat ramps for water skiers, jet skiers, and anglers. Many of the public boat docks offer full services, including motor rentals.
One of the reasons behind this lake's popularity is its easy access to reasonably-priced camping and lodging. Nine campgrounds dot the lake, some managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Plus, Lake Dardanelle State Park offers tent camping, and many of those sites are waterfront. This state park is divided into two locations -- one at Russellville, and another in Dardanelle. Both sites offer boat ramps.
Mt. Nebo State Park also is close to the lake, located west of Dardanelle. This park provides 34 camp sites and a pool. South of Paris, campers can find sites at Mount Magazine State Park (lodging, cabins, and camp sites) and at Cove Lake Campground. Other accommodations are available in Clarksville, Russellville, and Dardanelle.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Lake Dardanelle is situated between Little Rock and Fort Smith, and extends into Franklin, Pope, Yell, Logan, and Johnson Counties in Arkansas. Towns along the lake include Clarksville, Russellville, Dardanelle, and Paris. Although Clarksville maintains a municipal airport, larger airports are located at Fort Smith (61 miles) and at Boone County Airport, which is 80 miles from Clarksville. The largest city near the lake is Little Rock, which is 103 miles from Clarksville. Clarksville is the gateway to the Ozark Highlands National Scenic Byway via AR 21.
Fun times at Lake Dardanelle
|Avg. High 49||Avg. High 54||Avg. High 64||Avg. High 74||Avg. High 81||Avg. High 88||Avg. High 93||Avg. High 91||Avg. High 84||Avg. High 75||Avg. High 62||Avg. High 51|
|Avg. Low 24||Avg. Low 28||Avg. Low 38||Avg. Low 47||Avg. Low 56||Avg. Low 64||Avg. Low 68||Avg. Low 66||Avg. Low 59||Avg. Low 47||Avg. Low 37||Avg. Low 28|