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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.

Lake Resorts Ouachita River Valley

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.

Lake Resorts In The Ouachita River Valley

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.

Lake Resorts In The Ouachita River Valley
DeGray Lake Resort State Park makes for a unique vacation as it is both an Arkansas State Park and a wonderful lake resort on DeGray Lake. The resort park offers a variety of first-class lodging including their 96-room lodge, 3 yurts, and various campsites. If you stay in the lodge, you can experience stunning views of the lake, the heated swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness room, and the lodge’s Shoreline Restaurant. Additional services include an 18-hole championship golf course with a driving range, disc golf, swimming pools, tennis courts, hiking trails, mountain biking, and guided horseback tours, giving you plenty to do during your stay at the resort. If you’re looking to get out on DeGray Lake, the full-service marina has bait and tackle, fuel, and rentals for boats, kayaks, and pedal boats. To round out the entire experience, the resort has swimming beaches, bicycle rentals, and an extensive list of interpretive programs like sunset cruises on DeGray Lake, snorkeling trips, guided hikes, birding tours, and more.
Lake Resorts In The Ouachita River Valley

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.

Lake Resorts In The Ouachita River Valley
A great location for family-friendly fun is the family owned and operated Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina. Located on DeGray Lake, the resort spreads over 130 acres including the area’s only lakeside cottages and a full-service marina, scuba air refills, water toys, and boat rentals. Offering the finest in lakeside lodging, the lake cottages are finished with fully equipped kitchens, satellite TV, native stone fireplaces, and spacious decks with hot tubs for your enjoyment. The Iron Mountain Lodge and Marina also boasts a great marina store with ice, fuel, sportswear, and over 800 boats for rent. One of their best services is their professional fishing guides to help you get the catch of the day on the lake. Iron Mountain is the perfect location for a laid-back, relaxing vacation packed full of family fun on the lake and an awesome stay in their beautiful cottages. With DeGray State Park and Hot Springs nearby for more adventure and entertainment, you can’t go wrong with a stay at Iron Mountain Lodge & Marina.

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Maeve Miller

Writer , River Travel Magazine