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Lake Maumelle


There are two boating access points on the lake, one operated by WestRock Landing (formerly Jolly Rogers) off of Hwy 10 on the south side of the lake and the Sleepy Hollow Access owned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) on the west end of the lake. The ramp at WestRock Landing requires a launch fee. Sleepy Hollow Access is free to use but is restricted to boats with motors 25 horsepower and smaller.

Aquatic Vegetation

Water willow, hydrilla, southern naiad, watershield, spatterdock

Area Specific Regulations
  • Boats must be at least 14 feet long. As a municipal water supply, Lake Maumelle has many special regulations, call 501-868-4391 or visit for information.
  • Fishing and boating are prohibited in the restricted zone near the dam.
  • Swimming, bathing, wading and the use of aquaplanes, surfboards, motorized surfboards, windsurfers, personal watercraft, water skis, rafts, kayaks or similar devices is prohibited.
  • Canoes and any boat with a primary motor less than 9 horsepower may be used only in the area of the lake west of the Arkansas Highway 10 bridge.
  • Commercial fishing and fishing by seine, net, trap, gig, jug line, yo-yo or set line are prohibited.
  • Trotlines may be used only in the trotline permitted zone. Trotlines must have the owner's name, phone number and driver's license number or vehicle license number attached to the line closest to the bank.
  • Introduction of materials or vegetation for fish habitat into the lake is prohibited. Brush-cutting devices are prohibited as well.
  • Fishing from roads, bridges or docks is prohibited. Anglers may fish only from boats and designated bank fishing areas.
Area Type


Bottom Features

Most of the lake's bottom was cleared of timber before flooding. There are some remaining stands of timber, and the AGFC has placed many artificial fish attractors in the lake.




The average depth is 24.7 feet. The maximum depth is 60 feet.


Lake Maumelle is located near Little Rock and was impounded in 1958 by Central Arkansas Water to create a water source for the Little Rock metropolitan area. Because of its close proximity to the state’s largest city and central location it provides easy access to many Arkansans.

There are a handful of trails that wind around the lake with designated bank fishing opportunities to take advantage of the 70 miles of shoreline. Black bass and crappie are the main sportfish targeted by anglers, but the white bass run during the spring spawning period also offers the potential for an enjoyable fishing trip. There is no organic structure in the lake due to its role as a water source, but AGFC has provided various PVC structures for more fish habitat. After a long day of fishing, anglers can then head to downtown Little Rock to take advantage of restaurants and entertainment opportunities.

District Information

Fisheries District 4
1201 N Highway 49
Brinkley, AR 72021

Fish Forage



Pulaski County
20 miles W of Little Rock on Ark. Highway 10.

Major Sportfish

White bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, bream, channel catfish, blue catfish

Management Plan

View the AGFC Fishery Management Plan for this lake.

Other Fish

Green sunfish, hybrid bream, longear sunfish, and warmouth


Central Arkansas Water

Points of Interest
  • The state capital of Little Rock is located 20 miles to the east and has a variety of restaurants, lodging, and entertainment.
  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located 10 miles to the east and includes numerous hiking trails, river access, and educational programs.

8,900 surface acres

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