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Shady Lake Campground, Ouachita NF, Arkansas

Submitted by Carol

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Carol - I found this campground by word-of-mouth, and I RV camp there every fall and spring.

Campground Review

Shady Lake is an ideal spring/fall camp location for a tent or popup camper. We love the fall and spring because it's cool enough to go without A/C, and the best campsites don't have electricity. We pull our popup to a creek-side site and really enjoy hearing the water bubbling at night. The irises and dogwoods are gorgeous in the spring, and the fall colors are just beginning to show in late October.

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 5 out of 5
The Best Place, Member bellaserra

My family and i have been going to Shady Lake since my brother was in diapers, and hes 21 now. We try and go every summer, even though i now live in Colorado. The swimming area is nice, the dam is beautiful, the trails are well maintained, and the camp sites are the perfect size. Never have we had a bad time...even tough we had lots of rain and bike accidents. I now take my son who is almost 4, and he loves playing in the creek that runs by camp site. I recommend bringing LOTS of bug spray...the will get to you at night in your tents. Always check for ticks. The showers are hot but you have watch for spiders in there...so wear your shower shoes! Its a family tradition my parents started in 1990, and i will continue going until they close it down!! Shady Lake is a very special place to go and relax, recharge your batteries, and just lay in a hammock all day if you want. This place will always hold a very dear place in my heart... i love this campground!

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