Lakes of the Little Rock District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. With 422 lake and river projects in 43 states, we provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities. Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is snorkeling, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and geo-caching. Regardless of your favorite outdoor activity one thing is certain, recreation enriches people's lives. A visit to an Army Corps of Engineers' recreation area can strengthen family ties and friendships; create unforgettable memories and connect people to nature that will last a lifetime.

With more than 90 percent of our recreation areas located within 50 miles of a major metropolitan center, there is a Corps site near you. We invite you to visit us!

Water Safety Tips

Wear Coast Guard approved life jackets when around water, most people do not expect to end up in the water and of those who drown, were not wearing a life jacket.
- Water and alcohol do not mix.
- Check weather forecasts before embarking on water activities.
- Be aware of your personal water skill and knowledge.

Boating Safety Tips
Wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket, many types and styles are available.
Check all safety equipment, replace and repair before launching.
- File a float plan with family and friends.
- Be a courteousness boater, follow the rules of the road.
- Swimming near or under platforms on outboard motorboats, where CO2 (carbon monoxide) fumes accumulate, can kill.

Swimming Tips
Wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket, many types and styles are available.
Learning to swim is an important skill for all ages.
- Never swim alone, always swim with a buddy.
- Always swim in designated swimming areas.
- Diving or jumping from cliffs and bluffs invites tragedy.
- Always supervise children of all ages when around open bodies of water.

Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

One part of protecting our water resources is addressing the spread of invasive species like the zebra mussel. Invasive species can hitch a ride on clothing, boats, and other items used in the water, spreading from one body of water to another. You can help stop aquatic hitchhikers. For more information click here.