In Southeastern Arkansas, right beside the mighty Mississippi River, Lake Chicot, and the Mississippi state line, Lake Chicot State Park is a great destination for fishing and bird-watching, but it also has plenty more to entertain you and your entire family—pups included.
Lake Chicot, at twenty miles long, is the largest natural lake in all of Arkansas, as well as the largest oxbow lake in the North American continent. Bird watching is a favorite local activity at the park, as the delta environment attracts a wide variety of species, including eagles and waterfowl. The park hosts annual birding events at various times throughout the year.
Lake Chicot State Park is a great destination for all things on the water. The park has a swimming pool open seasonally between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Those who book a cabin rental can use the pool for free; otherwise, the admission cost is $4.00 for adults and children six years old and up. Children two to five years old are only $3.00.
On the lake, visitors can enjoy boating and fishing. Anglers may find great chances for catching crappie, bass, and bream. Boat rentals, fishing equipment, snacks, and more are available through the park store and marina. If you’d like to camp, Lake Chicot State Park offers 122 campsites and 14 cabins.
All sites are reservable and offer either water and electrical or water, sewer, and electric hookups. The cabins feature lake views, kitchens, fireplaces, and other modern comforts. Leashed pets are allowed at Lake Chicot State Park. No pets are allowed in the cabins, but the campsites are pet-friendly. There are no specific hiking trails, but you’re welcome to walk your dog along the roads and campground, or around the lake.
Lake Chicot State Park is open all year-round. There is no charge for admission, only for camping or other facility or equipment rentals. For specific park hours and rates, contact the park office by phone or email. If you’re in Southeastern Arkansas and you’re looking for some lakeside fun, bring your pup and family to Lake Chicot State Park.