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Ouachita Mountains Region

Cossatot River State Park- The Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area's 5,233 acres emphasize outdoor recreation, river preservation and environmental education. The park is located south of Mena in western Arkansas.
Daisy State Park- Daisy State Park is located in southwestern Arkansas. Lake Greeson, the Little Missouri River and Daisy State Park make a winning combination in the Ouachita foothills.
DeGray Lake- A relatively new lake with sophisticated public use facilities. The excellent State park on the lake has a lodge, marina, golf course and campground.
DeGray Lake Resort State Park- Arkansas's premier resort park lies on the north shore of a 13,800-acre fishing and water sport paradise.
Hot Springs National Park- This 5,839.24 acre park was first designated as a federal treasure in 1932. It contains 47 thermal springs with water temperatures near 143 degrees (F) year round.
Lake Catherine State Park- Located between Malvern and Hot Springs, Lake Catherine State Park is nestled in the Ouachita Mountains on the shore of 1,940-acre Lake Catherine.
Lake Greeson- Many coves and inlets around Lake Greeson provide excellent fishing and protected areas for water skiing.
Lake Ouachita- Known for the clarity of its water, Arkansas's largest manmade lake, Lake Ouachita, stretches across 48,000 acres and has 975 miles of impressive mountainous shoreline.
Lake Ouachita State Park- Arkansas's largest manmade lake stretches across 48,000 acres and has 975 miles of impressive mountainous shoreline at Lake Ouachita State Park.
Ouachita National Forest- Located in the Ouachita Mountains Arkansas and Oklahoma, the Forest offers visitors a myriad of opportunities for the visitor. The Forest offers a National Recreation Area, Wilderness, scenic byways, rivers and more.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park- Pinnacle Mountain State Park, located in central Arkansas, is a day-use park dedicated to environmental education, recreation and preservation.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park- Atop Arkansas's second highest peak, Queen Wilhelmina State Park reigns above the Ouachita Mountains.

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Description - The Ouachita Mountains Region includes the Ouachita mountains, Hot Springs National Park, four state parks and three popular rivers. Amenities at the four lakeside state parks range from campsites, cabins, a lodge and rental boats to golf. On Arkansas' second tallest peak, Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Talimena National Scenic Byway yield awe-inspiring vistas, also common along the many trails in the Ouachita National Forest's backcountry.

Recreation - The mountain terrain and the numerous streams make possible a plentiful supply of man-made lakes for fishing and other water sports. Canoeing and fishing are popular on the rivers and lakes. Camping and hiking opportunities are plentiful throughout the area.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Location - The Ouachita Mountains Region is located between the Arkansas River Valley to the north, the Gulf Coastal Plain to the south and the Mississippi Delta to the east.

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777, Fax: 501-682-1364

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Arkansas Regions - The Arkansas regions are the Arkansas River Valley Region, Crowley's Ridge Region, Gulf Coastal Plain Region, Mississippi Delta Region, Ouachita Mountains Region, and Ozark Mountains Region.


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