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Lake Ouachita Arkansas:

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Lake Ouachita (pronounced "Wash-ah-taw") is the largest lake located entirely within the state of Arkansas, encompassing some 40,000 surface acres at normal pool level.  From Blakely Mtn. dam near Mtn. Pine at the lake’s eastern terminus, to the westernmost point of Aerial photo of Lake Ouachitanavigation where State Highway 27 north of Mt. Ida crosses the lake, Ouachita is some 40 miles in length.  Its shoreline extent approaches 1,000 miles in length (Yep, that’s a one and three zeros!) and contains about 200 islands of varying size.  It’s easy to motor all day on the lake and never visit the same cove or island twice.

The lake is well-known for so many recreation pursuits.  Of course, houseboating and boating for fun and pleasure ranks at the top (well, that IS why Almost Home Houseboat Rentals chose to locate here!).  The lake was made to order for all sorts of boating excursions   In the fall and winter aerial photo of lakemonths, cruising the shoreline in a party barge (or deck boat) looking for bald eagles and peregrine falcons is a favorite activity on the north and east ends of the lake.  And, a favorite year-round activity is motoring from point to point on the Corps of Engineers 16 mile Geo FloatTrail.  The FloatTrail, which features outstanding geologic formations, is located a short distance from our dock and our staff will be happy to supply you with a free self-guided booklet.  You might even find out where one of the world’s largest quartz crystal veins is located on the lake!

Because of the lake’s ginormous size, one never has to worry about lake photocrowds, thus houseboating enthusiasts consider Lake Ouachita an absolute paradise.  There are literally hundreds of quiet and secluded coves to overnight in your houseboat. Early morning and late afternoon times will find most coves smooth as glass and perfect for skiing and ‘boarding.

For serious and tournament fishermen nationwide, Lake Ouachita for decades has been known for its lunker black bass and in more recent years for its 50+ pound striped bass.  However, casual fishermen have good success also.  Walleye, sunfish, crappie, lake photoand catfish are usually caught year-round.  Greater details on fishing on Lake Ouachita as well as day-trip licensing information can be found on the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Website (
Have we whetted your appetite for some fun on Lake Ouachita?  If so, then contact us at 877-256-6785 to find out more about our luxury houseboat rental fleet and make a reservation.  Hope to see you soon!


Lake photo

Click Here for aerial photos of Lake Ouachita.

 Lake photo
 Looking northward toward Island #43. These are some of the islands that have been our favorite places to overnight.

Click Here for additional photos of islands and coves that are a short distance from North Shores Resort.