2016 Coachmen Freelander w Slide out
2016 Coachmen Freelander w Slide out
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Ozark Lake lies in northwestern Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border and the towns of Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Ozark. Ozark Lake was created by the damming of the Arkansas River in the late 1960s/early ’70s, and in doing so, provided hydroelectric power to the surrounding area. Throughout the decades, Ozark Lake and the surrounding land gained a reputation for its excellent recreational opportunities. This, combined with its location between the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests, makes Ozark Lake the ideal place to take an RV rental. Driving to the lake with a rental RV is an easy task as both Interstate 40 and Interstate 49 run north of the lake. Campgrounds can also be found throughout the county, making camping with an RV here a breeze.
Whether you want to kayak down the Arkansas River, or simply explore the great outdoors of west Arkansas, Ozark Lake is the place to go. Search for an RV in Franklin County and begin your Ozark Lake adventure today.
As Ozark Lake is an impoundment of the Arkansas River, the lake is home to every species that can found in Arkansas waters. This biodiversity makes Ozark Lake ‘the’ place for fishermen and women in Arkansas. The lake is best known for its sauger fish, who are in the lake in vast numbers. Alongside these, there is also an abundant number of largemouth bass, black bass, channel catfish, perch, and sunfish - the list could go on. Whether Ozark Lake campers fish from the miles of shoreline or a boat out on the lake itself, they will be hard-pressed to find a better fishery in the whole of Arkansas.
Ozark Lake has several boat launching ramps located along its extensive shoreline, making accessing the water a simple task for any boater. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to the ‘Riverlights Marina’ a few miles down the Arkansas River. Here, campers can rent a wide range of water-going vessels to enjoy out on Ozark Lake. Pontoon boats are the perfect boat for exploring the lake with the whole family, kayaks and canoes can also be used to travel down the river - ideal for finding the hidden coves.
Ozark Lake’s location directly between the Ozark National Forest and the Ouachita National Forest makes it a dream come true for hikers and wildlife watchers. The many trails that crisscross the foothills of the Ouachita mountain range will keep even the most seasoned hiker entertained. The nearby Ozark National Forest is also a perfect location for catching sight of Arkansas’s abundant wildlife, including white-tailed deer, quail, wild turkey, and much more.
Those that decide to go RV camping at Ozark Lake have a handful of choices when it comes to selecting a campground. ‘Crabtree RV Park’ is a short distance north from Ozark Lake, and is ideal for RV campers. Full hookups are provided here, including 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. Facilities include a dump station, shower block, flushing toilets, laundrette, and an on-site swimming pool. Many of the sites here are pull-thru sites, meaning that all sizes of rigs are welcome at Crabtree RV Park.
Another choice may be the ‘Park Ridge RV Park,’ just west of Ozark Lake. Here campers are offered full hookups, including electricity, water, and sewer. Alongside this, cable TV and free WiFi are provided for the modern camper. Facilities include a dump station, toilet & shower block, and laundrette. Pets are more than welcome on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
The nearby city of Fort Smith is the perfect place for day trips and sight-seeing opportunities. The ‘Fort Smith National Historic Site’ is a must-see when in the city, and is historically the basis for the modern city. The site comprises of the early fort structures dating from the early 19th century, original fort cannons, and weaponry. Fort Smith site is also a perfect spot to watch the sunset over ‘Belle Point,’ combining local history with the beautiful local nature.
Fort Smith is also the home of the ‘Fort Smith Trolly Museum,’ a streetcar and railroad museum. The museum holds a comprehensive collection of vintage passenger cars, freight cars, and locomotives. This is the perfect place to visit for fans of trains, transport, and historic travel. The highlight if the Fort Smith Trolly Museum has to be a ride on a vintage locomotive that runs across a preserved portion of the train line. This is a must-do activity when in the city of Fort Smith.
A perfect family day in Fort Smith out is a trip to the ‘Parrot Island Waterpark.’ This park has many different swimming pools, slides, and surfing machines. All these provide hours o0f water-based fun for the entire family. The waterpark is also home to ‘Tiny Turtle Island,’ a children’s area that is designed to be both safe and entertaining for the little ones. Lifeguards are always on duty at the waterpark, so sit back and relax while the children enjoy their fun day out.