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Water BodyWhite Oak
Nineteen miles southeast of Prescott and 15 miles northwest of Camden off State Highways 387 and 24.
District Information
SizeLower Lake: 1,044 acres; Upper Lake: 612 acres
OwnershipArkansas Game and Fish Commission
Area Specific Regulations
  • Catfish daily limit is 5 (for all species combined) on Lower White Oak Lake.
  • Largemouth bass daily limit is 10. Largemouth bass from 15 to 18 inches long must be released immediately on Lower White Oak Lake. Only one largemouth bass over 18 inches may be kept on Lower White Oak Lake. All crappie on Lower White Oak Lake must be released immediately.
  • Snagging is prohibited below the dam separating Upper and Lower White Oak lakes.  
  • Handicapped-accessible fishing pier is available.
  • Use of common carp as bait is prohibited.
Major SportfishLargemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, redear sunfish, bluegill
Other FishSpoted gar, grass carp, grass pickerel, white crappie, yellow bullhead, brown bullhead
Fish ForageGizzard shad, threadfin shad, small sunfish, brook silversides, native minnows, darters
Visible CoverDense stands of stumps and some stands of bald cypress in shallow areas. Many boat houses and fishing piers.
DepthAverage depth of 7 feet. Lower lake maximum depth of 23 feet. Upper lake maximum depth of 19 feet.
Bottom FeaturesTwenty-two Commission-maintained habitat sites (12 in upper lake and 10 in lower lake) and pea-gravel spawning beds around Upper Jack's Landing fishing pier.
Aquatic VegetationUpper White Oak Lake - fragrant water lily, uruguayan primrose and alligator weed along margins. Lower White Oak Lake - marginal stands of coontail around Panther Creek and mats of alligator weed and Uruguayan primrose at the upper ends of the lake.
FacilitiesFloating courtesy docs at most boat ramps. Fishing piers at Upper Jack's Landing and White Oak Lake State Park. Marked boat lanes.
AccessLower White Oak Lake boat ramps - Lower Jack's Landing, Starnes' Landing, White Oak Belle Access and White Oak Lake State Park. Upper White Oak Lake boat ramps - Upper Jack's Landing and Brown's Point. Panther Creek Walk-in Access. Commission property surrounds both lakes in a 50-foot buffer zone from the high-water mark.
DescriptionUpper and Lower White Oak Lakes combine to form the second largest Commission-owned lake system in the state, behind Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir. The lakes were formed by impounding White Oak Creek, which runs from south to north. The upper lake is actually south of the lower lake. The watershed consists of sandy soils, low in nutrients and contain pine timber with some mixed hardwoods . Most of the timber was let standing in the lakebed during construction, but has since fallen, leaving a dense cover of stumps just below the surface of the water.
Other Points of InterestWhite Oak Lake State Park Poison Springs Wildlife Management Area
Restrautants, Camping and other FacilitiesCamping, boat/canoe rentals and bait sales at White Oak Lake State Park on Lower White Oak Lake. Primitive camping allowed with a permit from the Akansas Forestry Commission at designated sites on both lakes.