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Lake Charles State Park Campground Arkansas

Lake Charles State Park Overview

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Lake Charles State Park is a family-friendly campground with 60 campsites (Class AAA) for tents, trailers and RVs on a bluff above Lake Charles in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.  The campground also has 2 rental RVs and 1 Yurt.

The 23 Class AAA campsites have full hookups and the 37 Class B sites have 30-amp electric and water hookups.  Most sites are large and can accommodate trailers/RVs between 31 and 61 feet. Each campsite is also paved and has a table, fire ring and grill.

Campground amenities include flush toilets, hot showers, drinking water and a dump station.  At the Park and a short walk from the campground you’ll also find picnic sties, hiking trails, a pavilion, a fishing pier, launch ramp, swimming beach and playground. There is also a visitor center and nature center at the Park. The visitor center has camping supplies, live bait and snacks.

Lake Charles State Park – Area Recreation

Lake Charles State Park offers great fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, boating and camping on the shores of 645-acre Lake Charles.  Kayaking and canoe rentals are available, including self-guided tours. Contact the park for prices and availability at 870 878-6595.

You may also be interested in Crowley’s Ridge State Park and Lake Frierson State Park.

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  • Bait Shop
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boat Slip Rental
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Concession Stand
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Fishing Pier
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills
  • Group Pavilion
  • Ice
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Store
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • RV Hookups
  • RV Supplies
  • Showers
  • Snack Bar
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Tours
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoe Trail
  • Canoeing
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Programs
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
3705 AR-25
Powhatan, Arkansas 72458
870 878-6595
Lat / Long:

36.065476, -91.152838

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Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Electric & Water Hookup
  • Full Hookup
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
  • Yurt
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31 to 61 feet.


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Lake Charles State Park Comments & Reviews

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13 Comments on “Lake Charles State Park”

  1. Dianna lewis says:

    Do u rent fishing boats

    • Hi Diana,
      Kayaking and canoe rentals are available, including self-guided tours, but we’re not sure about fishing boats. I recommend contacting Lake Charles State Park for prices and availability on fishing boats at 870 878-6595.

  2. Arthur Harvey says:

    Why can’t I see the camp sites ? Site 47

    • Hi Arthur,
      You should be able to see all of the campsite photos for Lake Charles State Park.
      Click HERE to go to the Lake Charles State Park Campground page (campsite 47). You can also click on other campsite photos of that campground to view.

  3. Lisa Lillard says:

    Do you have a guide that identifies which campsites can accommodate a 40 ft RV?

    • Hi Lisa,
      If you click on the “Make A Reservation” button you’ll be able to see the driveway length of each campsite, check availability, pricing and make reservations.

  4. Patricia Campodonico says:

    Can I use a regular household electrical extension cord on the camp site hookups or do I need and adapter?

  5. How is the cell service and internet service? We are booked in site 70 and wondering about service.

  6. Larry Graham says:

    I have been trying to call the number for the park for a week with no answer. My Camper has been put in the shop and will not be ready in time. Is there another contact point I can use to cancel my Reservation?

  7. I have never left a camp site early but we could barely stay one night so we left and forfeited the rest of our reservation. We were in the second loop, #53. Which is a nice site, large pad and huge table, good view. Extremely close to the sites on either side (but we had the loop to ourselves on a Monday) and not much space to roam or play besides the pad itself because the site is on the rocky edge of the hill. Most of the site were like that.

    The mosquitos were the worst I have experienced anywhere in 20+ years of camping, and we are used to bugs, but this was unbearable. They somehow got into our camper and even after swatting and killing them for 45 minutes, it seemed like there were still 100 in there. I have never experienced anything like it, it’s not like we aren’t careful not to let bugs in. I think the stagnant water in some of the inlets must be to blame, which you really can’t avoid since most of the sites are actually fairly close to these stagnant inlets of the lake. They were biting our faces all night long because we tried so hard to keep the rest of ourselves covered but it’s not like you can sleep with a blanket over your face. My poor kids got eaten alive, and normally mosquitos don’t bother us that much. We used a lot of bug spray, all different kids, but I wish I had a deet bomb because it was that terrible.

    But it wasn’t just the mosquitos, there were also hoards of black soldier flies all over everything outside. Someone left fly strips in the trees, and some fly trap thing for a barn that had the date written on it so maybe staff put it out (??) which I thought was odd, and within minutes I understood why. Yuck. At least they weren’t blood suckers lol but it was gross because they swarmed onto literally every piece of food or drink outside, even like a potato chip or water bottle, not just stuff that normally attracts flies. Even when we put fans on the table, it didn’t help. So that made it hard to enjoy a meal, beverage, or even the view because there were so many flies on every surface outside. I have never seen that many flies at any campsite.

    However perhaps the worst part was the disgusting stench of feces that wafted through our site almost constantly from the dump station area that apparently needed cleaned. I honestly don’t know how it smelled that bad but wow. It was like camping in a hog farm. The staff should be ashamed of that. Maybe that is were the black flies were coming from? We love camping and most things don’t hardly phase us, it’s part of the fun of camping to have little mishaps or surprises, but all together this was awful. We had looked forward to staying a few days but we packed and left immediately in the morning. Kind of irked we paid so much for this. I hope others have a better experience.

    A positive was the bathrooms and showers, those were some of the very nicest I’ve used in any campground. The view of the lake and the woods was pretty, and there is a neat trail connecting through the campsite and the lakeside. Campsites are close together so don’t expect any privacy.

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