Water Trail Length
Rabbit Tail Loop: 8.5 miles. Paddlers usually cover about 2 miles per hour.
Nestled within the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita offers 700 miles of undeveloped shoreline and more than 100 islands. Coves near Rabbit Tail Access provide protected areas for paddling.
Wind can create substantial waves and rough water. Motorboat traffic increases on weekends and holidays. Stick to quiet coves and avoid open water.
Wildlife and Habitat
Watch for wintering bald eagles and waterfowl, and listen for loons calling. Wading birds stalk shallow water in search of prey. Red and white oaks and shortleaf pine dominate the landscape. Migratory songbirds flit about blooming dogwoods, serviceberry and redbuds during spring.
The Army Corps of Engineers manages primitive campsites at Buckville and Avant. Paddlers may camp on the lake’s many islands (check Corps regulations) or along the shore in the Ouachita National Forest. Pack out trash.
Enjoy fishing for bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass and largemouth bass. The coves around Rabbit Tail Access offer ideal fishing opportunities with submerged standing timber and steep banks that drop into the water. Check Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fishing regulations.
Don’t Get a Ticket
According to Arkansas law, children 12 and younger must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, and everyone on a boat must have one ready to use. Vessels 16 feet and longer must have a throwable life preserver aboard. Glass containers are illegal in canoes and kayaks. Paddlers must securely fasten cooler lids, use attached, closeable trash containers, and keep beverages in floating holders.
Ouachita Kayak Tours
Garland County EMS 911
Garland County Sheriff’s Office 501-622-3660
Corps of Engineers Field Office 501-767-2101
Stop Poaching Hotline 800-482-9262