Arkansas State Park Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
ecause of the state’s abundance of clear water, rock lined lakes in Arkansas
, the state park boast a number of picturesque settings for Arkansas scuba diving
Explore 40,000-Lake Ouachita, the largest lake completely within Arkansas's borders and one of cleanest lakes in the nation, or 13,800-DeGray Lake, another Ouachita Mountain lake rich in natural beauty.
The crystal waters of Lake Greeson make this 7,000-acre lake another favorite for Arkansas scuba diving
and snorkeling. The wild and scenic Cossatot River is another to experience with its Arkansas swimming holes
and great snorkeling coves. And, 45,440-acre Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas's largest man-made lake with waters stretching across north central Arkansas and over the border into Missouri, offers some of the best snorkeling in Arkansas
. The natural beauty of The Natural State is here underwater, too. Check out the fish, rocks, plants, and mussel shells.
Start planning your Arkansas state parks scuba diving
and snorkeling adventures by selecting from the Arkansas state parks below.
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
At 45,440 acres, Bull Shoals Lake is Arkansas's largest manmade lake. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, these waters stretch across far north central Arkansas and over the border into Missouri. Arkansas scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will enjoy this lake's clear waters. For details about Bull Shoals-White River State Park, call 870-445-3629 or visit: www.ArkansasStateParks.com/BullShoalsWhiteRiver.
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Due to its exceptional water quality the Cossatot River affords for some of the best snorkeling in Arkansas. With five river access points, snorkelers can spend hours exploring the underwater world of this outstanding Ouachita Mountain stream. During the months of July and August park interpretive staff offer guided snorkeling adventures at one of the most pristine areas of the river. Visitors can call the park visitor center to book a trip. With the aid of snorkeling equipment visitors can absorb themselves in the fascination of the aquatic world of a clear mountain stream including a cast of characters from crawfish to smallmouth bass. For details about the park, call 870-385-2201 or visit: www.ArkansasStateParks.com/CossatotRiver.
Daisy State Park
Formed by Narrows Dam on the Little Missouri River, 7,000-acre Lake Greeson in southwest Arkansas is known for its clear waters. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains, this lake is a popular setting for Arkansas scuba diving and snorkeling. Lake Greeson is one of the renowned Diamond Lakes in southwest Arkansas. It also is a destination for spear gun fishermen. At Daisy State Park, the park staff offers many opportunities to enjoy the lake including snorkeling adventures. For details about Daisy State Park, call 870-398-4487 or visit: www.ArkansasStateParks.com/Daisy.
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Surrounded by the beauty of the Ouachita Mountain foothills, 13,800-acre DeGray Lake is a water sports paradise formed by a dam on the Caddo River. With the crystal clear water of DeGray Lake it is no wonder snorkeling is a popular activity for visitors during the warmer months. Featuring 207 miles of shoreline and many islands to explore, the lake offers adventure for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Enjoy exploring the waters of this clear water lake, one of the five Diamond Lakes in southwest Arkansas. DeGray Lake Resort State Park, nestled on the north shore, offers a 132-slip, full-service marina, that is open throughout the year. Here you can find boat rentals in Arkansas and purchase supplies. Free boat launching is available at several locations in the park. For details about DeGray Lake Resort State Park, call 501-865-5810 or visit: www.DeGray.com.
Lake Ouachita State Park
Offering some of the best snorkeling in Arkansas, Lake Ouachita is a great place to explore the underwater world. Named one of the cleanest lakes in the United States, divers can enjoy the unique geology of the Ouachita Mountains, including one of the largest quartz crystal veins in the world. Underwater structures and aquatic life are also explored in this magnificent lake. Lake Ouachita is a great place to hone your skills spear fishing during the season. Dive shops are located on the lake for all your diving needs. Two free boat launches in the state park give you unlimited access to the crystal waters of Lake Ouachita. For details about Lake Ouachita State Park, call 501-767-9366 or visit: www.ArkansasStateParks.com/LakeOuachita.