I can’t tell you how many times by husband and I talk about how nice it would be to live on a lake. Now, we live on 5 beautiful wooded acres in Arkansas but there is something about the water that always calls to us.
We’ve started looking for lakefront property this year! …or at least property near a lake.
Watching the sunrise over any of the lakes in Arkansas is a beautiful way to start your day. And skipping rocks in the evening is a pleasant way to unwind after a long day.
But, which lakes are the best Arkansas lakes to live on? Today, I’m going to give you my TOP 6 Arkansas lakes to live on.
Best Arkansas Lakes to Live On
As a native Arkansan, I have enjoyed each one of these lakes and I know you will too!
Greers Ferry Lake
Greers Ferry Lake is one of my favorite lakes in Arkansas and is also one of the best Arkansas lakes to live on. There is plenty of real estate in the area for anyone who wants to build their dream home or buy an existing one.
For anyone who enjoys swimming, boating, or fishing, Greers Ferry Lake is perfect. Also, I should mention that you will find premier-class trout fishing in the nearby Little Red River.
Nestled in the Ozark foothills between Clinton and Heber Springs, Greers Ferry is among the state’s five largest lakes. It is also tops in providing great fishing, water sports, boating and camping. The award-winning reservoir served as the national model for environmental cleanliness. Corps of Engineers campgrounds and commercial parks are available, along with first-class lodging, lakeside resorts and fine restaurants. Shopping and historical sites are other attractions around the lake. -source
I went to college in Russellville, Arkansas and spent a lot of time enjoying Lake Dardanelle while I was there.
There are homes for sale to accommodate any budget around Lake Dardanelle. Surrounding Lake Dardanelle, you will find towns like Russellville, London, Dardanelle, and Delaware. These are perfect places to kick back and enjoy the water!
Lake Dardanelle is one of the most accessible and attractive recreation areas in Arkansas. Located about half-way between Little Rock and Fort Smith, the lake stretches some 50 miles as part of the $1.2 billion Arkansas River Navigation System. -source
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Lake Ouachita is Arkansas’ largest lake. On this lake, there is very little development on the shorelines. So, you won’t be able to live on the shoreline of Lake Ouachita but you can live close!
There are plenty of beautiful homes for sale within walking distance of Lake Ouachita.
An added bonus is that Lake Ouachita is only 13 miles from Hot Springs National Park!
Lake Ouachita – Arkansas’s Largest Lake. With very little shoreline development. A Pristine Public Corps of Engineers Lake with 66,324 total acres of Land and Water surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest of more than 1.8 million acres.
Yet Lake Ouachita is only 13 miles from the Spa City of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas on the East End and on the door steps of the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, Mount Ida, Arkansas, on the West End. -source
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Beaver Lake is the mecca of lake homes. At Beaver Lake, you can actually have waterfront property which is why it makes our list of Best Arkansas Lakes to Live On.
That’s the dream, isn’t it? To have a home where you can watch the lake from your back porch while you enjoy a glass of sweet tea?
Now, the land around Beaver Lake isn’t cheap. You’ll have to do some digging to find the right place to fit your budget.
You can start looking for your perfect Beaver Lake home here.
With 487 miles of natural shoreline, the lake has natural caves, a variety of trees and plant life and limestone bluffs. –source
Last but certainly not least, we have Norfork Lake. Norfork Lake also offers beautiful water front property that is available for your dream home. It’s also just a short 10 minute drive from Mountain Home, Arkansas so you’ll never be far from what you need!
Also, if you want a home that is move-in ready, you will find plenty of those around Norfork Lake as well.
Norfork Lake encompasses forty two miles of crystal blue freshwater with over 540 miles of undisturbed shoreline, making it one of the cleanest lakes in the nation, and also a prime bass, crappie and walleye fishing spot for anglers across the globe. -source