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The town of Lake Hamilton is one of the most sought-after recreational escapes in the state of Arkansas and is known for its stunning Lake Hamilton that sits on the southern edge of the city of Hot Springs. An ideal motorhome camping location, Lake Hamilton is located on the Ouachita River and covers over 7,200-acres of surface area. With almost 200 miles of shoreline, it is one of the main lakes that attract hordes of visitors to the area, along with Lake Catherine. Not too far from the cities of Malvern and Arkadelphia, renting an RV is a convenient way of moving around the lake and its surrounding areas. Book an RV in Garland County and enjoy exploring.

Lake Hamilton was formed in 1932 with the formation of the Carpenter Dam on the Ouachita River, with the idea of generating hydroelectricity; it's now a popular getaway for visitors, and camping at Lake Hamilton opens up a world of recreational opportunities. The Lake Hamilton area is attractive to outdoor enthusiasts thanks to great outdoor adventure, including fishing, boating, jet skiing, cruises, and more – it's all possible at Lake Hamilton!

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Getting Outdoors

Lake Hamilton is known for its excellent fishing waters, and is one of Arkansas’ most productive fisheries, with more fish per acre compared to any other lake in the state. Anglers can get ready to cast a fishing rod into Lake Hamilton’s waters for a variety of fish species, including striped bass, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white and black crappie, flathead blue, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, walleye, and chain pickerel. The lake is known for organizing tournaments, and the most popular one is the Hot Spring Challenge that’s held annually, during the summer.

RV camping at Lake Hamilton is perfect for boaters. Pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, and water skis are a common sight around the lake and a great way to explore the many smaller coves and inlets. Tubing is another sought-after activity at Lake Hamilton

Don’t miss exploring the Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 210-acre peninsula on Lake Hamilton. This is a botanical park that’s only accessible by boat, and totally worth checking out while you’re in the area.

Hikers have much to look forward to on their RV rental vacation here, as there are smaller islands that dot Lake Hamilton, and one of them, Big Goat Island, is ideal for hiking and wildlife viewing.

Camping at Lake Hamilton

Summer is the best time to camp out in your rental motorhome at Lake Hamilton. Catherine’s Landing, located in the town of Hot Springs, has over 200 campsites on offer. Amenities here include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, dump station, WiFi, and cell phone coverage. The campground is equipped with adequate restrooms, shower houses, laundry facilities, a camp store, and a clubhouse. Kids will love the playground to run around in, or the swimming pool to splash about in. Explore the many recreational trails in the area, or go boating and fishing. There’s a designated pet area, so bring your furry friends along!

When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Lake Hamilton, drive to Leisure Landing RV Park. The campground has 33 sites, with amenities like big rig access, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, sewers, WiFi, and cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, a camp store, and a clubhouse. For recreation, there are outdoor courts, a gym, and horseshoes. This is a pet-friendly campground, so bring your four-legged friends along.

Exploring the Area

Garland County campers have much to explore in the areas surrounding Lake Hamilton. Hot Springs is a popular tourist city attracting people from all over the country, and since you’re in the area, you should absolutely check it out! While the city is known for its healing waters, it offers much more to visitors.

First things first, a visit to the Hot Springs National Park; the park is home to the fame Hot Spring Mountain, and you’ll find thermal springs on the western slope of the mountain. There are hiking trails through the park, so don’t forget your hiking boots.

Take a leisurely stroll through the Grand Promenade, a half-mile long promenade that is slightly elevated, and provides a view of the bathhouses that line the street.

Museum-lovers will love this one – the Gangster Museum of America. Previously known for bootlegging, gambling, and a host of other illicit activities, Hot Springs attracted all kinds of folks in its earlier days. The city now preserves that notorious past in the Gangster Museum, where you can find entertaining accounts of notoriety in the area. Seven galleries offer a peek into this fascinating past.

Drive-in your Garland County camper rental to the Alligator Farm. Located across Whittington Park, the farm is home to more than 300 alligators and has a petting zoo too, with other animals. The kids will love this visit.

Hot Springs is known to offer up an array of delectable dining options. From steakhouses to BBQ, family-owned eateries to pubs and bars, you’ll find it all in this bustling tourist city where you’re never too far from good food.

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