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Storm Creek Lake

Access

From Lexa, take Arkansas Hwy 242 seven miles southeast and then turn left onto Phillips County Rd 217/Storm Creek Rd for four miles to reach the boat ramp. From Helena-West Helena, take Franklin St to Arkansas Hwy 242 E/N 4th and Oakland Ave for 10 miles. Then turn right onto Phillips County Rd 217/Storm Creek Rd.

Aquatic Vegetation

Rushes, alligator weed

Area Specific Regulations
  • Handicapped-accessible fishing pier is available.
  • Boat motors may not exceed 9.9 horsepower.
Area Type

Lake

Bottom Features

Creek channels; mud, silt bottom; rip-rap along dam

Camping

Camping areas are located around Bear Creek and Storm Creek lakes. The U.S. Forest Service maintains them on a fee basis. These campsites are semi-private, meaning there are restrooms, tent pads, trailer areas, grills, picnic tables and water sources. No electricity is available at Storm Creek Lake campsites, but 14 sites at Beech Point Campground on Bear Creek Lake have electricity, seweage and water hookups.

Constructed

1938

Depth

Steep sided lake with average depth 6-8 feet, maximum depth 35 feet

Description

Storm Creek Lake is located in the St. Francis National Forest and was created in 1938. The recreation areas around the lake are managed by Mississippi Rivers State Park and offers lakeside camping, with Bear Creek Lake nearby.

The lake offers good opportunities for bass and bream fishing during the spring spawn. Many anglers target largemouth bass and crappie, but the lake is host to a variety of other sportfish species. Hybrid bass were also stocked in the lake for several years, giving anglers another species to target. Numerous structures like docks and fallen trees from surrounding Forest Service land create prime fish habitat, while alligator weed and other vegetation give anglers a good chance to land a fish.

District Information

Fisheries District 4
1201 N Highway 49
Brinkley, AR 72021
877-734-4581

Fish Forage

Shad

Location

St. Francis National Forest
Phillips County
11 miles E of Lexa, 11 miles N of Helena-West Helena

Major Sportfish

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

Management Plan

None completed

Other Fish

Common carp, grass carp, green sunfish, hybrid bream, longear sunfish, warmouth, and yellow bass

Ownership

U.S. Forest Service

Points of Interest
  • Medical services and camping supplies are located in nearby Helena-West Helena.
  • Storm Creek Lake Campground and the nearby Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area offer camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. The Mississippi River State Park maintains the campsites on a fee basis. These campsites are semi-private, meaning there are restrooms, tent pads, trailer areas, grills, picnic tables and water sources. No electricity is available at Storm Creek Lake campsites, but 14 sites at Beech Point Campground on Bear Creek Lake have electricity, sewage and water hookups.
  • The St. Francis Scenic Byway is part of the Great River Road and winds along Crowley’s Ridge, offering views of the Mississippi and St. Francis River Valleys. The Crowley’s Ridge National Scenic Byway travels the length of the ridge through the state, passing through several state parks and the national forest.
Size

287 acres

Visible Cover

Brush tops, blowdowns, docks, undeveloped forested shoreline

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