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The principal access routes to Erling are Arkansas Highway 29 to the west from Lewisville to Bradley and on the east by Arkansas Highway 53 from Stamps to the Louisiana line.

Area Specific Regulations

Statewide fishing regulations are in effect, except:Ten channel catfish and ten blue catfish may be taken in addition to the daily limit.Legal to take game fish with spear guns during season. AGRED may have other regulations concerning access and activities. Contact them for any additional information.

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Lake Erling was constructed in the 1950s to supply water for the nearby International Paper mill in Springhill. The lake no longer is used for that purpose, and now is used as a conservation area for many species of wetland birds. Lake Erling was named for International Paper vice president, Erling Riis.


Lake Erling is in southern Lafayette County in southwest Arkansas. Its dam is only 2 miles from the Louisiana state line.

Major Sportfish

White crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish

Management Plan

View the AGFC Fishery Management Plan for this lake.


International Paper transferred ownership of Lake Erling to The American Gamebird Research Education and Development Foundation in 2014.


7,100 surface acres at full pool.

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