Greers Ferry Dam
At the foot of Round Mountain in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas stands Greers Ferry Dam. Behind that structure, dedicated in 1963 by the late President John F. Kennedy, glistens one of the foremost recreational areas in the middle United States: Greers Ferry Lake. With over 30,000 acres of water surface, the lake serves as a playground for all kinds of water sports. Eighteen parks around the shoreline provide modern campgrounds, boat launches, swim areas and marinas.
With over 30,000 surface acres of clear, blue water to explore, Greers Ferry has room for boaters, skiers and fishermen to enjoy. Fuel, supplies and services are available at 9 marinas operated by private businesses. Twenty-two launch ramps provide access to those wishing to enjoy a day on the lake. Some ramps require a day use fee of $3 per day or purchase a $30 annual pass. Boats are not allowed inside the buoyed line of Greers Ferry Dam.
Greers Ferry is widely known as a record-producing fishery. The lake is currently home of the world record walleye (22lb. 11oz.) and state record hybrid, striped bass (27lb. 5 oz.). The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has stocked almost every game fish native to the state in the lake. The lake supports healthy populations of black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted), bream, crappie, catfish, walleye, white bass and hybrid, striped bass. Whether you fish every day, once a month or once a year, Greers Ferry provides angling excitement all year long.
The Little Red River, downstream of Greers Ferry Dam, is known world-wide as a premier trout fishery. The river is home to several trout species including brown, brook, cutthroat and rainbow. The current world record brown trout, a 40 lb. 4 oz. monster, was taken from the river in 1992. Trout fishing the Little Red River makes for exciting memories every day of the year.
Corps of Engineers campgrounds are Cherokee, Choctaw, Cove Creek, Dam Site, Devils Fork, Heber Springs, Hill Creek, John F. Kennedy, Mill Creek, Narrows, Old Highway 25, Shiloh and Sugar Loaf
This scenic trail loops around the top of a mountain in the middle of a lake. Built by the Corps of Engineers, the trail won the Chief of Engineers Landscape Design Award in 1971. Greers Ferry Lake’s chief claim to fame, aside from its natural beauty, is that it was the site of President John F. Kennedy’s last dedication of a public project before his assassination. The Greers Ferry Dam was completed in 1962, and President Kennedy formally dedicated it on October 3, 1963.