Lake Dardanelle, a 34,000-acre lake on the Arkansas River, has two lakeside areas. The Russellville (main park) and ... More
Lake Dardanelle State Park
Lake Dardanelle, a 34,000-acre lake on the Arkansas River, has two lakeside areas. The Russellville (main park) and Dardanelle locations offer camping,launch ramps, standard pavilions, picnicking, rest rooms and bathhouses with hot showers. A visitor center, marina, barrier-free fishing pier, miniature golf course and hiking trail are also here.
None of activities for kids listed on website available anymore. We chose this lake specifically to take our 3 year old on a fun trip with stuff for her to do. Only thing could do was take her to swim in a swimming hole full of dead fish that stank to high heaven with parents cussing their kids out with words we do not use in front of our daughter. Had to move campsites 3 times. First night, campsite was on side of the main road and listened to a bunch of drunks ALL night. Also was under street light loaded with bugs, we got covered in ticks and got no sleep. Moved the next morning to a site marked available and paid the money. Then were told that campsite was reserved and had to move again. We got to enjoy about an hour there and cook breakfast. Bathroom had several crapped in diapers on floor in front of toilet and the smell was unbearable. Did not appear to be cleaned in weeks. Should have just went home but when we called to complain they said we could have another site that had cancelled. Even though we had to pay alot more money for it since it was 50 AMP and had sewage. we were in a pop up camper. Staff was very unhelpful and did not even attempt to accomadate other than telling about the other site coming available. We drove into town and spent day until the people left site since they had it till 3. Set up again and got some fishing in with a nice view of a nucleur power plant. Absolutely no shade in 98 degrees on campsite. Then when cooking dinner some family sent their kid to dump fish guts out and dumped them right in front of our site where had been fishing and planned to fish that night. Drawing in thousands of flies instantly. The smell was killing us and we confronted the people who dumped the guts and they acted as if it was no big deal. So it was a wasted 30 bucks and nobody would answer phone at office. We left because we couldnt stand the smell once again. Will NEVER go back to this lake. Park was dirty, people staying there were nasty. The people with the nicer camper seemed to care since we were in a pop up and dumped fish guts on our site. Entire place was filthy and loaded with bugs. This is not a family orientated lake. Only good for fishing tournaments and people with no kids who do not plan to leave their air conditioned campers.
Thank you; Bridget Smith for the story time. My children loved the book Chloe's. Hope to see you again. My children also enjoyed the snake alive, and feeding the fish. Boating, Fishing and Camping is all great too.
Lake Dardanelle State Park is a great asset to Arkansas. Amazing view and plenty to do: fishing, camping, picnics, hiking trails, etc. We come here twice a year. I reccomend staying at Park Motel, which is the closest and cleanest motel to Lake Dardanelle State Park. Next year we are planning to have a family reunion at Lake Dardanelle. If you like the outdoors, you'll have to check out Lake Dardanelle at some point.
This park offers great facilities, friendly and helpful staff and a wonderful environment. Spaces are well-designed, user-friendly and well-landscaped. The Visitor's Center and fishing tournament facilities are tops. We always enjoy our stay and return often. There is lots to do int he nearby locations but this park can't be beat for kicking back and relaxing or hiking, biking, fishing and boating ! Give a try and you won't be disappointed.