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Horseshoe Lake (Crittenden County)


A free boat ramp owned by AGFC is on the west side of the lake. From Hughes, take Hwy 38 East for seven miles. Then, turn right onto Hwy 147 South. The boat ramp is one mile down on the left.

Aquatic Vegetation

Wild rice, cattails, American lotus is abundant (lily pads)

Area Specific Regulations

Crappie, black and white, combined daily limit is 30.

Area Type


Area Type

Oxbow lake

Bottom Features

Steeper drop-off along outside bend of lake; mud, silt bottom






Average depth 10 feet; maximum depth 30 feet


Horseshoe Lake is an oxbow of the Mississippi River located in the heart of the Arkansas Delta. Surrounded by residential houses and farmland, most of the access is private; however, in 2015 AGFC received a boat ramp and created the only free public access to the lake (Nancy and Pat Bonds Access). Anglers wishing to fish this lake can expect some of the better crappie fishing in eastern Arkansas. Sampling by AGFC staff has resulted in nets with hundreds of quality crappie. Catfish and largemouth bass fishing is also good, with Florida strains of largemouth bass stocked in the lake since 2018. Hybrid striped bass were stocked for many years but none have been stocked since 2015.

District Information

Fisheries District 4
1201 N Highway 49
Brinkley, AR 72021

Fish Forage

Shad, small sunfish


Crittenden County
8 miles E of Hughes

Major Sportfish

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

Management Plan

View the AGFC Fishery Management Plan for this lake.

Other Fish

Bowfin, buffalo, bullhead, common carp, drum, grass carp, green sunfish, hybrid bream, longear sunfish, longnose gar, warmouth and yellow bass


State of Arkansas

Points of Interest
  • The Great River Road winds along the Mississippi River, offering several pristine views of the Mississippi River Delta.

2,200 acres

Visible Cover

Cypress trees, boat docks, pilings, American lotus

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