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Aquatic Vegetation

Water willow

Area Specific Regulations
  • Largemouth bass from 13 inches to 16 inches long must be released immediately.
  • Use of common carp as bait is prohibited.
Area Type


Bottom Features

Lake has abundant standing timber which was flooded when the lake was constructed. Most of these old trees have decayed above the normal full lake level. Old snags are at or just below the normal water level, so boaters are urged to exercise caution when motoring.


Maximum depth near water level control tower about 30 feet.


Lake Wilhelmina was built by the AGFC in 1958 for public fishing. The lake was constructed on Powell Creek, a tributary to the Mountain Fork of Little River. Features a single-wide concrete boat ramp. A wooden fishing pier (handicapped accessible) is located on the western side of the lake.

Primitive camping is allowed with most sites available on the eastern side of the lake. Campers are encouraged to take notice of warning signs posted at the lake, indicating the lake is prone to sudden rise following large rain events due to its large watershed area. Vehicle traffic crossing the dam must traverse single file only.

District Information

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

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Primitive camping sites along the eastern side of lake.


About 7 miles west of Mena off Highway 8.

Major Sportfish

Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish.

Other Points of Interest

Irons Fork Lake just northeast of Mena off Highway 71. Queen Wilhelmina State Park located north of the lake off Highway 88.


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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