Lake Charles State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arkansas

During the early 1960s, Arkansas conservationists grew concerned about the erosion along the Black River high in the Ozarks. The resulting dam created Lake Charles, which controls the water runoff and supplies water to the area during the hot summer months. Lake Charles State Park blossomed into existence in 1967 and sits on the bluff above Lake Charles, covering 140 acres of land near the shore where fishing docks jut into the lake. Many travelers venture to the park through the nearest community, Powhatan, AR, while others travel from urban areas like Little Rock, AR.

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Spring 40-80 F
Summer 67-91 F
Fall 40-84 F
Winter 29-52 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Charles State Park

Visitors who stay at Lake Charles State Park find it easiest to camp in an RV. Most first-time RV users quickly discover the advantages of using a large vehicle to hold all the little things needed for an extended stay. The added room, the increased comfort, and the fact that RVs are easy to move between campgrounds make vacations a memorable event. If you don't have an RV, you can rent one on RVshare.

Lake Charles State Park Campground

Lake Charles State Park Campground offers 60 RV campsites with fire rings, lantern posts, and picnic tables. The park service makes sure a dump station with potable water access is available. A bathhouse provides a location where visitors can enjoy a warm shower. Restrooms with flush toilets are scattered throughout the park. Other facilities include a children's playground, an interpretive center, and boat/fishing docks. Two boat ramps allow access to 645-acre Lake Charles. Three ADA approved fishing piers jut into the lake, providing easy access for everyone to various fish populations. A boat, canoe, and kayak rental service are available so that anyone wishing to play on Lake Charles's waters can do so. A swimming beach is provided, and abundant hiking trails run through the forests and the lake's edge.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $12 to $32 per night

Davidsonville Historic State Park

Davidsonville Historic State Park lies twenty miles northeast of Lake Charles State Park in Pocahontas, AR. There are 20 RV sites with spacious asphalt pads that include a fire ring and a picnic table. The campsite sits near the confluence of the Black, Eleven Point, and Spring Rivers. Hot showers are available for all guests at the campground bathhouse, and the restrooms placed about the park have flush toilets. A boat ramp empties onto the Black River allowing visitors to run their boats up the Spring and Eleven Point Rivers. The park includes a 12-acre fishing lake that is stocked with catfish, bass, and crappie. While boats are allowed on the rivers, only canoes, kayaks, and paddle rafts are used on the lake. A water-craft rental is available for guests to choose the craft they wish to use on the water. Hiking is another favorite activity. Four hiking trails of various lengths wander about the park and along the Black River. A park interpreter guides nature hikes and presents other programs throughout the year.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $25 to $30 per night

Crowley's Ridge State Park

Crowley's Ridge State Park sits 29 miles west of Lake Charles State Park in a heavily forested section of northeastern Arkansas. Most of the 291-acre park sits atop Crowley's Ridge and contains many excellent work examples done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1930s. The rock constructed bridge, bathhouse, comfort station, and dining hall are listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places. The campground offers 18 RV sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Hot showers, restrooms with flush toilets, and a dump station raise RV campers' comfort level. Lake Ponder, a 31-acre fishing lake, lies next to the campground. Constructed in 1933 by the Arkansas National Guard, the lake is well-stocked with catfish and largemouth bass twice per year. Guests often rent boats, canoes, or kayaks to ride around the lake. A separate, 3-acre, spring-fed lake, which is continuously lifeguarded, is one of the state's favorite swimming areas. Trails for hikers and bicyclists wander throughout the park.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 15/20/30 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $23 per night

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What to Do at
Lake Charles State Park

Inside Lake Charles State Park

Fishing, swimming, hiking, and the appreciation of nature are the main attractions that bring visitors to Lake Charles State Park. Many fish species, such as catfish, bass, crappie, and bream, are regularly stocked in the lake. There is no horsepower limit for boats on the lake, however, there is an enforced "no wake" regulation when approaching the swimming area where children enjoy the water. The four hiking trails that wander through the park and along the lake are considered easy to moderate, and each route has markers describing wildlife habitat areas.

Outside Lake Charles State Park

The many communities surrounding Lake Charles State Park provide various examples of American cuisine that please the palate. Northeast Arkansas offers some of the finest examples of historic architecture and preserved forest areas in the country. The region supports communities large and small that provide plenty of shopping opportunities for visitors.

Restaurants

Renee’s Restaurant

Renee’s Restaurant sits in Black Rock, two miles northeast of Lake Charles State Park. This is a great place to get a traditional American hamburger or hotdog.

Type: American

Location: 3430 Highway 63, Black Rock, AR 72415

Don’s Steakhouse-Pocahontas

Visit Don’s Steakhouse-Pocahontas for a delicious beef, pork, or chicken meal. The drive is only 18 miles to the northeast, and the ribeye steak is superb.

Type: Steakhouse, American

Location: 1511 Market Drive, Pocahontas, AR 72455

Mabry Smokehouse Walnut Ridge

For some of the most incredible cuts of meat found in Arkansas, drive 29 miles west to Mabry Smokehouse Walnut Ridge in Walnut Ridge. There is nothing like the smoked barbeque that you'll find here.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 209 West Main Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Shopping

The Spider’s Webb

Evenings are a great time to read a book. Find your favorite author or genre by visiting The Spider’s Webb.

Location: 201 West Main Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Hays-Walnut Ridge

Wherever you camp, you will eventually need some fresh produce and meat. When this happens, visit Hays-Walnut Ridge for the freshest products in the area.

Location: 1000 SW Front Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

The Mall at Turtle Creek

The nearest shopping mall to Lake Charles State Park is The Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro, AR. The mall houses 55 shops, including famous brand names such as American Eagle, Target, and JC Penney.

Location: 3000 East Highland Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401

Sightseeing

Powhatan Historic State Park

To understand the history of the area, visit Powhatan Historic State Park. Inside this park are six historic structures with guides to help you understand their connection with the present.

Location: 4414 Highway 25, Powhatan AR 72458

Bradbury Art Museum

The Bradbury Art Museum displays contemporary and classic art of all forms. Guides help visitors understand the contextual importance of art in society.

Location: 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401

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How to Get to
Lake Charles State Park

Approaching Lake Charles State Park is the easiest from Powhatan, AR. To begin your drive from the center of Powhatan, head west on Arkansas Highway 25 (AR-25) toward Main Street. Drive straight on AR-25 for four miles, then turn left on Lawrence Road 258. The park entrance is 200 feet ahead.

To get to Powhatan from Little Rock, AR, find Interstate 30 North (I-30 N) out of Little Rock and stay on it for three miles until you see the signs for United States Highway 67 North (US-67 N). Turn left onto US-67 N and drive for 120 miles. Take the right ramp toward United States Highway 63 (US-63), then turn left onto US-63. Travel another 11 miles, turn right onto AR-25, and drive straight into Powhatan.

Entering Lake Charles State Park

Lake Charles State Park is a day-use area that is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM all year except on Saturday and Sunday during December, January, and February when it is open from 1 PM to 5 PM.

Entry fee : $0

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