Lake Monticello, owned by the City of Monticello, is a 1,520-acre reservoir that is fast gaining the reputation as a trophy bass lake. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) manages the lake, and they put a huge emphasis on stocking largemouth bass. Boaters, campers, hunters, and hikers are welcome to enjoy the boat ramps, an on-site bow range, and even a radio-controlled airplane landing strip located around this lake, which is just five miles north of Monticello. This is a fairly new lake, completed in 1997.
There are no limits on white and hybrid bass, and the crappie limit is 20 per day -- between March and November, the crappie must be ten-inches long to keep. There also are some mercury contamination warnings on flathead and blue catfish, and on largemouth bass longer than twelve inches.
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Boaters can gain access to Lake Monticello by two main entry points. The "West Entry," is located about six miles northeast of Monticello on AR Highway 35. This entrance offers a boat launch, picnic areas, and that radio-controlled airplane runway and pavilion. This entry is to the 'open' side of the lake that offers greater opportunity for water sports.
The second entry to Lake Monticello is located about three miles from Monticello on AR Highway 35. This entry also provides a boat launch ramp, and it also has a fishing pier, picnic area, and a playground.
Lake Monticello provides a number of different accommodations, because of its proximity to Monticello. Visitors can find camping, hotels, B&Bs, inns, and short-term vacation rentals here. If you want to find a state park, Cane Creek State Park is located about 26 miles to the north of the lake. This park provides 29 tent camp sites, and a Rent-An-RV program.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Lake Monticello is located entirely within Drew County, Arkansas about five miles from the county seat, Monticello. Monticello maintains a municipal airport; however, the closest large city with a variety of carriers is Greenville, Mississippi. Greenville is located about 70 miles to the southeast, just over the Mississippi River.
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