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Des Arc Lake


From Des Arc, take Hwy 11 N for 3 miles, then turn right onto Des Arc Lake Rd and follow to boat ramp.

Aquatic Vegetation

American lotus, American pondweed

Area Specific Regulations
Area Type


Bottom Features

Creek channels; mud, silt bottom; rip-rap along levee




Average depth 8 feet; maximum depth 25 feet


Lake Des Arc provides sportsmen and women with an easily accessible place to fish, camp, and hunt. The lake has good populations of largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bream, with stockings of bass, catfish, and crappie occurring in the last several years. AGFC has completed habitat projects on the lake using various PVC structures, and these structures are marked with GPS coordinates and are available to the public through the Commission website. Boaters should use caution when running through the lake off of the main creek channel as there are many submerged stumps that are hazardous. The lake has a handful of campsites along the shore, however no power hookups are available. Deer, squirrel, and waterfowl hunting are allowed on the lake and the WMA.

District Information

Fisheries District 4
1201 N Highway 49
Brinkley, AR 72021

Fish Forage

Shad, small sunfish


Prairie County 5 miles N of Des Arc

Major Sportfish

Blue catfish, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and redear sunfish

Management Plan

None completed

Other Fish

Grass carp, green sunfish, hybrid bream, longear sunfish, warmouth, white bass


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Points of Interest
  • Medical services and camping supplies can be found in nearby Des Arc.
  • Lake Des Arc has free campsites, however no electric hookups are available.
  • Hunting is allowed on the Bayou Des Arc WMA along the backside of the lake.

280 acres

Visible Cover

Treetops, brush piles, pier, standing timber, islands

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