Upper Greers Ferry Lake: A Hidden Gem
Greers Ferry Lake in Van Buren County is located on Clinton’s doorstep. With 40,500 acres, this lake has something to offer the entire family. The lake is well known throughout the region, but the upper Greers Ferry offers a more family friendly and relaxing atmosphere for fishers, conveniently located 5 miles from the heart of Clinton, with lakefront camping and a first-class marina. The area is an amazing choice for year around retreat. With a number of hotels to choose from, you can have the comforts of home with this natural playground at your disposal.
Camping at Choctaw Park
Reserve your camp site today by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
For those wanting to get more in touch with nature, the Corp of Engineers manages our local Choctaw Park & Campground located on 330 East Clinton AR. Choctaw Park consist of 140 acres with 146 campsites (91 with electric, 55 without), flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water, trailer dump station, launching ramp, swimming area, playground, picnic & event pavilion, and marina.
The lake is fed by 3 rivers and a number of creeks, providing ample habitat for a number of game fish. This breathtaking lake offers anglers from beginners to experienced fishermen plenty of great fishing opportunities. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission actively stocks the lake and you can find largemouth and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, crappie, walleye and channel catfish. Bass are abundant during the spring, summer and fall (especially during the spring spawning).
Greers Ferry Lake is home to the world record walleye and a number of state record fish.
During the winter you can catch huge walleye that spawn from late February to Mid March. Hybrids can be caught on lake 11 months out of the year and we are also known for our great crappie fishing. This Lake can be challenging and anglers need to think outside the box at times, but the rewards are well worth it.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Adventure
The Upper Greers Ferry is not only for swimming! Sugar Loaf Mountain Island hiking trail being a short boat ride away. Getting to Sugar Loaf Mountain is half the fun! The island is the result of a long erosional and weathering process. The rocks forming it are more than 300 million years old and the flat-topped surface serves as a protective cap for underlying softer shale and sandstone.
Once you reach the island, use the courtesy dock and take the foot trail to a large informational sign that provides a map and description of the island trails. This relatively short trail is 1.6 miles roundtrip if you chose to go to the high point for panoramic views. Another trail circles the base of the mountain top. Along Arkansas’s first designated National Scenic Trail, you’ll see bluff formations and native flora and fauna. A series of wooden stairs at the southern end lead to the top for amazing vistas from 500 feet above the surface of the lake.
Furgerson’s Choctaw Marina
The Upper Greers Ferry sports a first class marina in Furgerson’s Choctaw Marina, located 4 miles off U.S. Highway 65 on Hwy 330 East in the Choctaw State Park. They are your destination for all activities on Greers Ferry Lake.
From the new store, coded security gates, electricity on every dock, snack bar, jet-ski, soft serve ice-cream, new rental boats, 24 hour access, the cheapest ethanol free gas on the lake, to true flushing restrooms, it is evident to see the commitment they have made to make our local marina something to be proud of. To accompany all these amenities, Furgerson’s also has over 300 rental slips. With easy access and great staff they are sure to make your visit a great one.
You can reach the marina at 501-745-2666 to start planning your next adventure.
Plan Your Visit!
Clinton is your destination for all things to be had on the Upper Greers Ferry Lake. We provide an abundance of lodging opportunities and a number of retail shops and restaurants to make it a trip to remember. With enough activities to keep the family busy and a full service marina 6 miles from town, Clinton is uniquely set up to provide a full family outing. Clinton is located 40 minutes north of Conway on Highway 65 and is ideal for day, week, or weekend trips.
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