Dierks Lake, Arkansas, USA

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USA - South - Arkansas - Ouachitas -

Located on the Saline River, Dierks Lake is easy to access off of Highway 70, and with 1,360 acres of water there is plenty of room for boaters and water skiers alike. Dierks Lake is in the Ouachitas Region of west-central Arkansas. Surrounded by hardwoods and pine forests, the beauty of Dierks Lake will leave lake visitors feeling peaceful and calm as they leave the city behind.

Dierks Lake was formed by the construction of Dierks Dam on the Saline River. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1958 to provide flood control, water supply, recreation, and fish and wildlife conservation. Completed in 1975, Dierks Dam is maintained and controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

With over 100 campsites, Dierks Lake is ideal for campers. The U.S. Army Corps maintains three campgrounds, the Blue Ridge Park, The Horseshoe Bend and the Jefferson Ridge. Horseshoe Bend only offers primitive camping, while Blue Ridge Park and Jefferson Ridge offer sites with electrical hook ups. All three public areas are nestled in a wooded secluded area and offer swimming beaches for sun bathing and swimming.

Pleasure boaters who plan on water skiing will find much open water to enjoy. Anglers will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while trying to catch one of the many game fish that makes its home in Dierks Lake. Popular fish species include smallmouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Both pleasure boaters and anglers will find three boat ramps at the Jefferson Ridge, and one at the Blue Ridge Park.

Wildlife is abundant in the natural woods surrounding Dierks Lake. Whitetail deer can be seen at times on the banks of Dierks Lake satisfying their thirst, while cottontail rabbits and grey squirrels scamper along the dropped leaves and pine needles looking for food. All the land owned by the U.S. Army Corps with the exception of developed public use areas and the land around the dam, are opened to the public for hunting. Bobwhite quail, mourning dove, fox squirrel, and a number of waterfowl are sought after game species as well as whitetail deer, cottontail rabbits, and grey squirrels. Getting to excellent hunting areas can be a bit tricky and hunters many need the use of a boat to get to the best hunting grounds. Wildlife viewers many enjoy viewing or photographing wildlife from the recreational area around the lake.

After some time hunting, fishing or swimming, hungry lake visitors may need a bite to eat. Picnicking areas are set up around Dierks Lake and include picnic shelters, which have lights for evenings and offers barbeque grills and electricity. The picnic shelters can be found at Jefferson Ridge, Horseshoe Bend and Dierks Overlook.

Dierks Lake visitors who need a little excitement as well as some family fun should check out the Crater of Diamonds State Park only 30 miles from Dierks. Everyone loves to find treasure and at the Crater of Diamonds State Park visitors can keep what they find. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public. Diamonds are not the only treasure visitors may find. The 37-acre plowed field is rich in amethyst, jasper, garnet, quartz, hematite and more. After a hot day digging in the dirt for buried treasure, visitors may soak themselves at the park’s 14,700 square foot mining themed aquatic park known as Diamond Springs. Opened in 2004, the park features a wading pool, sprayers, water jets, animated waterspouts, cascades and two water slides. The park also includes waterfall hideaways that have spacious decks and pool furniture. Visitors can relax while looking through their finds of the day.

After an exciting visit to Crater of Diamonds State Park, visitors can unwind in the secluded beauty of Dierks Lake. Whether it is sitting by the fire sharing stories or being rocked by the gentle motion of the lake while fishing, there is something for everyone at Dierks Lake. Dierks Lake invites everyone to unwind and have some great family fun.

Things to do at Dierks Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park

Fish species found at Dierks Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish

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    Dierks Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Surface Area: 1,360 acres

    Shoreline Length: 33 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 526 feet

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 512 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 557 feet

    Water Volume: 29,705 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1975

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