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The lake is just off Arkansas Highway 67, about 1 mile west of Gurdon.

Aquatic Vegetation

Water lily, water primrose, buttonbush

Area Specific Regulations
  • Catfish daily limit is 5.
  • Crappie daily limit is 15.
  • Fishing with rod or pole only.
  • Use of common carp as bait is prohibited.
  • Trotlines, limblines, yo-yo’s, and jugs not allowed.
  • Any size outboard motor allowed.
  • No hazardous wake.
  • No water ski or using personal watercraft.
  • On AGFC lakes and access areas, special rules apply.
Area Type


Bottom Features

Much of western half of lake is very shallow with cut stumps dispersed throughout the lake bottom. The lake has a poorly defined creek channel.


Maximum depth near drawdown structure about 13 feet.


Gurdon Lake is an excellent location for bank anglers with a good amount of cleared shoreline adjacent to Gurdon City Park. There is a wooden fishing pier (handicapped accessible) with a roofed portion, located adjacent to the parking lot. There is a concrete single-wide boat ramp available. Lake water is tannin-stained and typically appears brownish in color. Lake was deeded to AGFC by International Paper Company and was renovated for public fishing by AGFC in 1991.

District Information

Fisheries District 8 – Hot Springs Regional Office 877-525-8606


City of Gurdon maintains a public restroom at the City Park. The park offers playground equipment for kids.


South side of Highway 67 about one mile west of Gurdon in Clark County. From I-30, take Exit 63 (Highway 53) to Gurdon. Lake is approximately 7 miles from I-30.

Major Sportfish

Florida Largemouth Bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish.

Management Plan and Annual Report
Other Points of Interest

Several other lakes and rivers are nearby for visitors to enjoy, including: DeGray Lake, Little Missouri River, Ouachita River, and White Oak Lake. For adventurous souls, the railroad tracks near Gurdon are known for the mysterious "Gurdon Ghost Light," which is claimed to appear at night along the tracks.


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.


50 acres

Visible Cover

Buttonbrush around the shoreline in shallow water

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