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Two exits on Interstate 40 at Morrilton provide access to the lake.  Turn north at Exit 107 to follow Arkansas Highway 95 to the access area at the lake's southwest corner.

To reach the northeast access area, turn north at Exit 108, and follow Arkansas Highway 9 to the junction of Arkansas Highway 915.  Turn west on Highway 915 to the lake. 

AGFC provides a concrete boat ramp, courtesy dock, handicapped-accessible fishing pier and fishing jetty at the southwest access area and a concrete boat ramp and fishing pier at the northeast access area.  Baitshops are available at both access areas.

Area Specific Regulations



Average depth - 10 feet
Maximum depth - 35 feet


Lake Overcup is one of central Arkansas' premier fishing lakes.  In the 1960s, this large impoundment produced a 1 pound, 14 ounce state record bluegill and two 3 pound, 6 ounce state record white crappies.  Panfishing remains extraordinary, and Overcup has also forged a place in the hearts of bass and catfish enthusiasts.  Lunker largemouths frequently anchor the stringers of visiting anglers, and Overcup also doles out fast-paced action for channel and flathead catfish.  Other popular sportfish inhabiting this fertile lake include white bass, chain pickerels, warmouths and blue catfish.

Area residents donated $10,000 to help the Game  Fish Commission purchase the lake site on Overcup Creek.  Lake waters inundated a rich environment of wooded creek bottoms and farmland, and the fertile lake bed and excellent watershed have produced an ideal setting for growing large numbers of big, healthy fish.  Boat lanes crisscross timbered waters to provide easy access to brushy, stump-laden fish habitat offshore, while those who prefer bankfishing can relax on the lake's fishing piers or earthen jetty or try for lunkers along the mile-long dam.

Lake Overcup is just a short drive from additional fishing opportunities on the Arkansas River and lakes Brewer, Atkins, Harris Brake and Conway.  Hunting opportunities are available on three nearby wildlife management areas - Gulf Mountain to the north, Galla Creek to the west and Harris Brake to the south.  Petit Jean State Park on Arkansas Highway 154, 21 miles southwest of Morrilton, encompasses a beautiful mountain setting with a lodge, cabins, restaurant, 127 modern campsites, picnic areas, fishing lakes, hiking trails and additional facilities.

District Information

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Forage Base

Shad, Small Sunfish


Southern Conway County, one mile north of Morrilton on Arkansas Highway 9.

Major Sport Fish

Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass

Management Plan

View the AGFC Fishery Management Plan for this lake.


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission


1,025 acres

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