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Nimrod Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impounded the Fourche LaFave River in 1942, creating Nimrod Lake -- the oldest Corps of Engineers Lake in Arkansas. Snuggled up against the northern boundaries of the Ouachita National Forest, this 3,550-acre lake is noted nationally for its slab crappie fishery. Hunting also is a popular sport around the lake in thousands of acres of project land. Other water sports that visitors enjoy on this lake include water and jet skiing, swimming, pleasure boating, and tubing.


The lake is best known among anglers for its "slab" crappie fishing -- which means the crappie is either over two pounds or at least sixteen inches (this term varies in description across the country). Other major game fish in the lake include largemouth bass, bream, catfish and white bass. Visitors can find several stores along the lake that sell camping, fishing and hunting supplies.


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    Nimrod Lake Arkansas Coordinates:
34.9561N -93.2050W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
3,550 acres
Maximum Depth:
180 ft
342 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Hot Springs
Hot Springs


Nine boat launch ramps are located on Nimrod Lake and are available all year, but they all require payment of a day-use fee. Annual day use passes are available for individuals who want to revisit the lake regularly.


Corps of Engineers' recreation areas on Nimrod offer 115 camp sites on four full-service modern campgrounds, which also include playgrounds, swimming areas, fish cleaning stations, and picnic shelters. Quarry Cove and Carter Cove are located on the lake, and Sunlight Bay is located on Wilson Slough just off the Fourche LaFave River upstream from the lake. River Road is on the Fourche LaFave River downstream from Nimrod Dam.

Close access to the Ouachita National Forest also provides campers with options in that protected region. The South Fourche Campground is located on Scenic Byway 7, which passes along the eastern end of Lake Nimrod. From the east end of the lake, the campground is just 11 miles into the forest. This scenic byway also leads south to Hot Spring Village and City of Hot Springs, where a large variety of lodging options are available. Hot Springs is located just 51 miles from the middle of Nimrod Lake's northern shoreline. Another town that offers lodging possibilities is Danville, located 19 miles northwest from the lake.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Nimrod Lake, located in Yell County, Arkansas, is close to Danville, Nimrod, Plainview, and Rover. Hot Springs is a little over an hour's drive to the south, and that resort town offers a small regional airport. Little Rock, located 72 miles to the southeast, provides a larger airport.

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