Moro Bay State Park is a fantastic place to enjoy a riverside getaway, with swimming, fishing, and paddling just some of the outdoor activities on offer. The park is set at the confluence of Moro Bay, Raymond Lake, and the Ouachita River, making it one of the most popular water sport and fishing destinations in Arkansas. If you're looking for a place to relax, reconnect with nature, and enjoy quality time with friends and family, Moro Bay State Park is just the ticket.
Planning a road trip in the Natural State? Book an RV in Bradley County and you can escape to Moro Bay State Park. With a home on wheels, you'll also enjoy the freedom to visit other Arkansas gems such as Hot Springs National Park, Buffalo National River, and Ozark National Forest.
Calm water and beautiful scenery make Moro Bay State Park a favorite with paddlers. Bring your own watercraft and take advantage of the marina, or rent motorized fishing boats, pedal boats and kayaks from the office. As you paddle through the bayous, watch for the occasional alligator basking in the sunshine. Moro Bay State Park also offers year-round fishing, with the chance to reel in bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. From November to April, the waters just below the dam are brimming with trout – perfect for a fish fry back at your campervan rental.
Two picnic areas equipped with tables and grills are perfect for enjoying lunch by the river. Be sure to stock your picnic basket with Arkansas specialties such as deviled eggs, cornbread, and tamales. The lush forest habitat coupled with the abundance of rivers and lakes makes Moro Bay State Park a haven for birdlife. As you're hiking the nature trails, kayaking along the river or relaxing at your campsite, watch for songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and more. The short Deer Run Hiking Trail is a great option for families, featuring flat terrain and beautiful views of the forest and bay.
Moro Bay State Park runs interpretive programs throughout the summer. They're a great way to connect with fellow campers and learn more about the unique flora, fauna, and geology of the park. For a glimpse of the park's maritime heritage, head to the Moro Bay Ferry historic site, which traces its history to 1828. The interpretive exhibit features an original towboat and barge that once ferried passengers and goods across the Ouachita River.
Camping at Moro Bay State Park
The Moro Bay State Park campground features 23 Class AAA campsites and boasts a picturesque setting by Raymond Lake. The RV-friendly sites feature full hookups with 30 and 50-amp electricity, as well as water and sewage lines. The campground meanders along the lake, which means most sites treat Moro Bay State Park campers to prime waterfront views. Like most state park RV campgrounds, Moro Bay features modern bathroom facilities with showers and toilets. Kids love the children’s play area. You'll enjoy easy access to scenic trails, making it easy to explore the park on foot. The campground is also a stone's throw from the marina and boat launch.
In addition to campsites, Moro Bay State Park offers five self-contained cabins set on the banks of the Ouachita River. All are equipped with modern amenities and feature kitchens, bathrooms, and screened decks overlooking Moro Bay. You'll also enjoy cable and Wi-Fi. Need motorhome camping essentials? The visitors' center houses a camp store stocked with groceries, camping supplies, souvenirs, ice, firewood, and bait and tackle.
Exploring the Area
Camping at Moro Bay State Park puts you in the heart of the Arkansas Gulf Coastal Plain. A 30-minute drive from the campground, El Dorado is one of the state's original mining towns. Most of the action is strung along Main Street, where you'll find mom-and-pop shops, farm-to-table restaurants, cozy inns, and live music bars set around a historic square. When you've finished exploring the quaint city center, marvel at the colorful wildflowers at South Arkansas Arboretum State Park. Smackover is another small town worth a visit, with attractions like the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources which recalls the oil boom of the 1920s.
Warren is a 30-minute drive northeast and welcomes you with brick-paved streets and historic architecture, including a handsome courthouse built in 1903. Head 20 miles down the Ouachita River and you'll find the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge. It's a sanctuary for endangered species like the red-cockaded woodpecker. Little Rock, the Arkansas capital, is a two-hour drive north. It's also a good place to rent a camper near Moro Bay State Park and kick off a road trip in the Natural State.