Arkansas Swimming


With typically high summer temperatures in Arkansas, swimming is one of the most popular activities in our Arkansas's state parks. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly pool, clear lake water, sparkling stream, or the perfect swimming hole, the state parks offer plenty of refreshing places to swim in Arkansas.

The seven state parks with public swimming pools: 

Crater of Diamonds State Park,

Devil's Den State Park,

Lake Chicot State Park,

Lake Fort Smith State Park,

Mount Nebo State Park, and

Petit Jean State Park

Purchase a family season pass for only $185 to swim all summer at these seven public pools as well as two beach areas with lifeguards on duty. Contact the park directly for details and to get your pass. The two state parks with lifeguards at their swim beaches are  Crowley's Ridge State Park and Woolly Hollow State Park.

Swimming beaches are offered at these 10 state parks:

Crowley's Ridge State Park,

DeGray Lake Resort State Park,

Jacksonport State Park,

Lake Catherine State Park,

Lake Charles State Park,

Lake Dardanelle State Park,

Lake Ouachita State Park,

Mississippi River State Park,

Village Creek State Park, and

Woolly Hollow State Park. 

Three of the Arkansas state park system’s four hotel-like lodges offer swimming pools for the enjoyment of lodge guests: DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park, and The Lodge at Mount Magazine State Park,. The Ozark Folk Center State Park's Cabins at Dry Creek, offer a swimming pool for cabin guests.

Camping and lodging, picnic areas, and bathhouse facilities vary from park to park, as do lifeguard services. Contact each park individually for further information on these Arkansas swimming holes, including hours of operation, fees, and safety regulations. 

Plan a cool and relaxing Arkansas swimming getaway for the whole family at one of these great state parks!

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
When the water level is normal, the rapids in the Cossatot River are usually considered Class II-III whitewater. You can swim, fish and float through riffles and small rapids, from pool to pool, as you relax
and enjoy the river. Here, you can relax in the clear water lapping at the edge of a gravel bar. With five distinct swimming locations from which to choose, it's easy to find a favorite swimming hole. Brushy Creek is a horseshoe-shaped bend of the river just above Ark. 246 approximately 10 miles east of U.S. 71 that has been known as one of the most popular swimming holes in Arkansas for over 100 years. The site gets its name from the tributary Brushy Creek that enters the river on the east side of the horseshoe. Ed Banks Access is a low water bridge crossing and offers swimming and snorkeling opportunities in this straight stretch of river populated with dozens of cascading ripples and pools. Another two miles downstream is the Sandbar Access, which, like Brushy, has been considered one of the best swimming holes in Arkansas for years. The Sandbar hole itself is just upstream from the low water bridge crossing and is accessed from the west side of the river via a short hike from the parking lot. Cossatot Falls is a magnet for summer fun as the river's flow tumbles and twists through six rocky drops along this one-third-mile of outstanding scenic beauty. Sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling at Cossatot Falls is a must to experience. The park-natural area's final swimming designation is the Ark. 278 access just below the park visitor center. This area offers shallow water ideal for young children at both ends of this long deep pool. Sporting some of the highest water quality in the state, the upper Cossatot is a rich tapestry of rocks and water, ripples and pools perfect for swimming and snorkeling adventures. Visitors should always keep in mind that this National Wild and Scenic River is a watershed basin with flow levels dependent on rainfall. Thunderstorm events can change a rather placid Cossatot River into a raging torrent, so always use caution in these situations. There is no charge to swim in the river. Swim at your own risk. No lifeguards are available. For river stage information (in feet) from the Highway 246 access, call 870-387-3141 or visit the U.S. Geological Survey Web site for Cossatot River real-time data at: 
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Crowley's Ridge State Park
Crowley's Ridge State Park features what has been a favorite northeast Arkansas fishing hole over the decades. The Lake Ponder swimming area features a diving board, two water slides, and a shallow section that
is roped off for younger children. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Red Cross certified lifeguards are stationed at the lake's swimming beach. Fees are charged to all swimmers age two and above. A portion of the lake has been roped off for use of pedal boats and water bikes, which are available for rent. Looking for a beach in Arkansas? Visitors enjoy swimming in the cool, spring-fed water, relaxing on the beach, renting pedal boats and water bikes, and playing at the adjacent playground and volleyball court.
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Daisy State Park
There is nothing like a nice relaxing dip in a clear mountain lake. The crystal waters of 7,000-acre Lake Greeson are perfect for swimming early in the summer. Because it is a small lake, it warms up quickly.
Daisy State Park does not have a swim beach, but there is one not far from the park. In the park, you are welcome to swim from the shoreline. Many of the park's campers enjoy swimming right in front of their waterfront campsite. 
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DeGray Lake Resort State Park
DeGray Lake, one of Arkansas's five renowned Diamond Lakes, is known for its clear waters which are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and great Arkansas scuba diving. You won't find a better beach in Arkansas,
either. The park's sandy swimming beaches located at the Caddo Bend Area and at the DeRoche Ridge Area are two favorite destinations in the summer months. Swimming is free to the public and at your own risk since there are no lifeguards present.
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Jacksonport State Park
This historic state park lies near the confluence of the White and Black rivers. The park offers a swimming beach on the bank of the White River. Swimming is free to the public and at your own risk since there
are no lifeguards present. 
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Lake Catherine State Park
There is one area designated as a swimming area on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the renowned Diamond Lakes around Hot Springs. The swimming beach at Lake Catherine State Park is on the lower end of the
lake. Swimming is free to the public and at your own risk since there are no lifeguards present here at the park's swimming beach. The park features some of the finest lake cabins in Arkansas. The Nature Cabin staffed by the park interpreters during summer months overlooks the swimming beach.
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Lake Charles State Park
The swimming beach at Lake Charles State Park is a popular northeast Arkansas swimming hole during summer months. Swimming is free to the public and at your own risk since there are no lifeguards present here
at the park's swimming beach. Lake Charles covers 645 acres of spring-fed waters in the northeastern foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Restrooms, picnic areas, a playground, and a small nature center (open seasonally) are near the beach. 
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Lake Dardanelle State Park
On the shore of Lake Dardanelle, a sprawling 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River, Lake Dardanelle State Park is your gateway to lake and the water sports that can be enjoyed on it and the Arkansas
River. For swimmers, the park offers a swimming beach by the picnic area. Swimming is free to the public and at your own risk as there are no lifeguards present at this beach. 
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Lake Ouachita State Park
Spend the day soaking up the sun at the swimming beach at Lake Ouachita State Park. The beach is conveniently located near the visitor center, marina and campgrounds. Swimming is free to the public and at your
own risk since there are no lifeguards present here at the park's swimming beach. The day-use picnic area overlooks the beach, which is free and open to the public. Beach-goers can also enjoy a friendly game of volleyball on the sand or enjoy Arkansas boating by renting a paddle boat from the park marina. Lake Ouachita is well known for its scenic beauty and crystal clear waters, so these waters area a natural for refreshing swim.
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Village Creek State Park
Village Creek State Park in northeast Arkansas on Crowley's Ridge offers a swimming beach on Lake Austell, one of the park's two lakes. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Swimming is free to the public. Swimming is not allowed from the boats in the lake. 
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Woolly Hollow State Park
Woolly Hollow State Park offers a popular central Arkansas swimming hole. Lifeguards are on duty at the swimming beach from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Fees are charged to all swimmers age two and
above. Swimming is not allowed from the boats in the lake.
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