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Millwood Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Arkansas's longest earthen dam across the Little River, creating Millwood Lake in 1966. This lake is well recognized for its beauty and for its bass fishing. Bird watchers also are visiting this lake often, as 333 different bird species were sighted back in 2001. A state park located on the southeast shore provides a full-service marina and camp sites, and easy access to Texarkana makes this lake a popular place for campers and anglers.


Much of this lake's 29,260 acres surround flooded timber, which makes exceptional cover for largemouth, spotted, striped, and white bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill. A series of boat lanes weave through this timber and through marshes and oxbow cutoffs, providing hours of pleasurable fishing for anglers who are searching for that lunker largemouth bass.

Millwood Lake hosts numerous bass fishing tournaments and fishing derbies sponsored by local and out-of-state organizations. Although no fish from this lake have made the record books, an alligator caught in the "lost lakes" area below the dam in Hempstead County in September 2012 made the books at thirteen feet, three inches and weighing 1,380 pounds. Just recently, Catfishing Magazine named this lake as one of the top ten catfish lakes in the U.S.


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    Millwood Lake Arkansas Coordinates:
33.7638N -94.0205W
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Surface Area:
29,260 acres
Maximum Depth:
25 ft
259 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Two public boat loaner programs are offered through the Millwood Lake Project, as well as a life jacket loaner program. All boaters are encouraged to wear life jackets at all times, because this lake can be dangerous -- thanks to high winds, stumps, floating debris, and an average depth of about seven feet.

All twelve boat launch ramps located around the lake require a day-use fee. Regular visitors might benefit from an annual pass. "Boat Lanes" are marked by pilings driven into the lake to make paths for boaters to navigate around trees. Additionally, this lake is well marked for directions to various areas.


Millwood State Park offers a wide range of camping options, including a "Rent-An-RV" program at Cane Creek, Lake Charles, and Millwood. Corps of Engineers campgrounds contain over 150 camp sites ranging from primitive camping to concrete pads equipped with water and electricity. These campgrounds are located at Beard's Bluff, Cottonshed Park, White Cliffs, Paraloma Park, Saratoga Park, River Run East and West, and Beard's Lake.

Ashdown, the closest town to the lake, has developed largely to easy access to the lake and to Texarkana via four-lane highways. This town, as well as Texarkana, offers other lodging possibilities.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Millwood Lake borders Little River, Hempstead, Howard, and Sevier Counties in Arkansas. Located nine miles east of Ashdown, this lake also is just 36 miles from Texarkana and its airport. Ashdown is a mere twenty-minute drive from Texarkana. Other towns in the region include Hope and Nashville.

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