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Beautiful Lake Resorts In The Ouachita River Valley
During the warmer months of the year, the best way to beat the heat is to get out on the water. Whether you’re hitting the river, lake, or ocean, it’s hard to go wrong as long as you’re soaking up some sunshine with family and friends. While traveling to a beautiful resort in a faraway country may be a great way to have a fun summer vacation on the water, these trips can be both costly and time-consuming to plan. If you’re looking to hit the water a little closer to home this summer, there are plenty of great options around the country to stay at beautiful resorts and enjoy a great vacation. One great area for this is the scenic Ouachita River Valley, located in central Arkansas. The Ouachita River, with headwaters near Hot Springs at Ouachita Lake, flows south nearby many lakes and luxurious lake resorts that are perfect for creating a wonderful, close to home, and more affordable summer getaway in the sun.
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1. Long Island Lake Resort (Hot Springs)
Located right on the banks of Lake Hamilton, Long Island Lake Resort is one option in the Ouachita River Valley for fun and relaxation on the water. In addition to the beautiful lakeside view, the resort offers many amenities to make your vacation easier and more enjoyable. Their lodge offers deluxe rooms with full kitchenettes, as well as access to barbecue grills, a furnished deck area, a swimming dock, a lighted pavilion, and picnic tables. Another additional amenity is access to the resort’s rentals including boats, tubes, fishing gear, fish cleaning stations, or boating gear storage, a covered boat slip, and a covered boat dock if you choose to bring your own. The Long Island Lake Resort allows you to have a relaxing vacation by providing everything you need, so you can sit back with family and friends and enjoy.
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2. Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa (Mount Ida)
If you’re searching for a resort with a few more added amenities, recreational activities, and options the Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa in Mount Ida is perfect for you. Mountain Harbor offers a variety of lodging options including premier lake cabins, affordable motel rooms, efficiency kitchenettes, and cozy condos with a variety of lake views and luxury, in order to accommodate all guests. The resort resides on Lake Ouachita and provides many ways to get out on the lake at Harbor’s Marina, your one-stop shop for all sportswear, bait and tackle, grocery items, and fuel as well as a wide variety of premium boat rentals from their fleet. If you want to take a break from the sun and relax, the resort houses Turtle Cove Spa that offers a lakeside spa experience. There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures including jet-skiing, spearfishing, and island camping, among many others.
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3. DeGray Lake Resort State Park (Bismarck)
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4. Lookout Point Lakeside Inn (Hot Springs)
If you’re in search of the perfect romantic getaway or a destination for a vacation with friends, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is one of the best options. The inn offers a combination of comfort and high style in their fully furnished, beautifully unique rooms, each a different style than the next. Plus the many amenities such as house-baked goods, complimentary gourmet breakfast, full bar service, and the outdoor gardens and furnished decks areas will make your time at the inn all the better. But, the stunning views of Lake Hamilton will have you itching to get out on the water, which you can do on a kayak, canoe, paddleboat, or boat cruise. A stay at Lookout Point is all about relaxation and their many amenities and services will provide you with everything you need to have the perfect vacation.
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5. Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina (Arkadelphia)
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